According to new manager Rafa benitez, the current Chelsea squad is way less determined than the one he faced as Liverpool manger years back under Jose Mourinho.
The 52-year-old boss believes that the lack of fight and leadership qualities within the side is one of the reasons for their recent struggles at both home and abroad.
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has offered a scathing assessment of the state of his squad in the aftermath of their 3-1 defeat to West Ham, stating that they have less character when compared to the sides that Jose Mourinho managed.
The Spaniard has overseen two 0-0 home draws and now a defeat in his first three games in charge – a spell which sees them extend their run of eight matches in the top flight without a victory since beating Tottenham 4-2 back in October.
The loss to Sam Allardyce’s side saw the European champions slip even further behind league leaders Manchester United, with the gap increased to 10 points, and Benitez feels that they made it far too easy for their opponents, before admitting that he may have to rush captain John Terry and Frank Lampard back from injury now as a result. “Normally when you lose, you are not happy — but I was angry,” he told reporters. “We did not manage their physical game, the long balls, the second balls, the corners. We gave them too many options to play their game and we could not be comfortable in possession.
“That is when you have to show character and quality — and we did not do that. Character and leadership is always necessary in a team. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team had a lot of character but it is a different time now.”