Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has told critics to stop blaming manager Jose Mourinho and focus on the singular problem which is the ‘key players’ who are not performing in the team.

Chelsea lost 2-1 at Leicester City on Monday night and Mourinho berated Eden Hazard’s attitude after the game for the way the Belgian winger reluctantly pulled out after a slight knock to the leg.

The likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill and captain John Terry who were instrumental to the Blues Barclays Premier League success last season have all struggled this term.

“It’s easy to blame the manager and I think that is what is happening unfortunately,” Poyet, who played for Chelsea between 1997-2001 told OminiSport.

“These same players won the league last year so it cannot be that different. I don’t think they are training different or picking a different system. I am sure the whole team and staff will stick together.

“I think it’s easy to blame the manager. That’s the part you don’t see. Nobody knows how many meetings you have in the week. Many times as a manager, I felt a player wasn’t doing well and the player himself thought he was doing well.

“There is a difference of opinion so then you have to make a decision as a manager. Do you stick with him or drop him for someone else? I think there is a hole with key players not performing.

“That means you don’t win as you
have to very special to win.”

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