ANTONIO RUDIGER has sensationally claimed struggling Chelsea haven’t any leaders.
The Blues bounced again from this month’s 6-Zero thrashing at Manchester Metropolis by beating Malmo, solely to be dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Monday.
Poor outcomes have left Maurizio Sarri on the point of the sack however defender Rudiger, 25, says a part of the issue is a scarcity of authority on the pitch.
The Germany star stated: “It is arduous to exchange folks like John Terry, who was captain right here and a pacesetter. It is arduous.
“You can not cook dinner a pacesetter nowadays. However, on the finish of the day, we now have to attempt to comply with within the footsteps of those gamers.
“However we weren’t speaking about leaders once we have been having an unbeaten run. All of it appears as if it is primarily based on outcomes. When you’ve got the outcomes, we’re not talking about leaders.”
Chelsea have suffered defeats to Arsenal, Bournemouth, Metropolis and United within the final month to slide all the way down to sixth within the Premier League and out of the FA Cup.
Rudiger admits gamers have switched off after changing into mentally fatigued by studying cussed Sarri’s famed Sarri-ball model of play.
He stated: “It is the identical in case you sit within the college the entire time listening to somebody.
“In fact, generally, it will get psychological, however on the finish of the day you need to do your job.”
Chelsea take a 2-1 lead into their Europa League last-32 second-leg conflict in opposition to Malmo tomorrow evening earlier than a Wembley showdown with Metropolis within the Carabao Cup last on Sunday.
Rudiger stated: “The [Malmo] recreation shouldn’t be over but. Nothing is set but.
“However, trying ahead to the cup last, we have to acquire confidence and get a superb efficiency and a win.”