Poll result: Chelsea players have no-one to blame but themselves


Chelsea’s poor start to their Premier League season is all down to the players themselves, and no one else – that is the view of the majority of Ladbrokes News readers.

We asked you what was to blame for their poor performances this term, and where the buck stops when it comes to the champion’s current 15th position in the Premier League table.

And it was certainly a two-horse race with those who do the business (or don’t, as the case may be) on the pitch, saving manager Jose Mourinho from facing another charge this season, one of causing the west London club’s downfall.

The lacklustre showings from the likes of Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa were the most popular explanation for Chelsea’s miserly 11-point haul this season, picking up 43 per cent of the votes.

The Portuguese gaffer, fresh from having to answer another FA misconduct charge, was a close second, attracting 32 per cent of the blame.


In third place, was a surprising selection, with Eva Carneiro being hounded out as the root of the problem by 12 per cent of you.

That is, despite the fact that the former club doctor hasn’t been on duty during a Blues game since her very public fallout with The Special One during the opening weekend draw against Swansea.

And although some Portuguese managers may tell you otherwise, it is unlikely that referees are the cause of the issues.

While the men with the whistles did pick up 11 per cent of votes, we are currently investigating how many of them came from a user registered with the email address J.Mourinho@Gmail.com.

Having shelled out over £250m in the last two years as Chelsea’s owner, it was unlikely that Roman Abramovich was to face much vitriol in our poll, and so the case proved to be.

The Russian was blamed by just two-per-cent of voters as the reason the Blues could be more concerned with a relegation scrap than attempting to win a fifth Premier League title since he arrived with his millions in 2003.

So with the players lambasted as the root of the problems, will Chelsea fans demand changes on the pitch ahead of their weekend fixture against Liverpool?

Whatever happens, whether it is through personnel changes or not, improvements need to be made by the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.