Former Chelsea midfielder, Gus Poyet, has hit out at Thomas Tuchel’s side, insisting that they ‘can’t make excuses’ for falling out of this season’s Premier League title race.
Chelsea are currently in the third position on the Premier League table with 53 points from 26 games.
The Stamford Bridge club are behind leaders Manchester City (69 points, 28 matches) and second position Liverpool (63 points from 27 matches) on the log.
The Blues looked very much like title contenders heading into the new campaign, having followed up last season’s Champions League triumph by strengthening their attack with the £98million signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan.
The west London club made a strong start, winning 10 of their first 14 league games, yet throughout a miserable run in December and January, they only recorded four victories out of 11.
And Poyet believes Chelsea have underachieved so far this season as Man City and Liverpool are ahead of them in the title race.
“My opinion on Chelsea hasn’t changed; I thought at the beginning of the season that they needed to be title contenders,’ Poyet told Ladbrokes.
“When you are the Champions League winners, and you then go and sign a striker for £90m, that means you need to challenge for the title – it’s really simple.
“We can’t make excuses; we can’t blame COVID, injuries or anything… Chelsea needed to be title contenders this year – that’s the bottom line. It is because of Chelsea; they cannot blame anyone.
“Look, they have nOt lost too many games, but their issue has been too many draws, and that’s why they are so far behind Manchester City and Liverpool.”