Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has insisted the players are to blame for their poor form not coach Antonio Conte.
Antonio Conte’s job is under real threat following a woeful 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday.
It has left the reigning champions 19 points behind leaders Manchester City and just one ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.
Cahill admits he hasn’t felt as low this term, but urged the club to stand by Conte.
He said: “Whatever is decided, the players have to take responsibility. The manager has done an absolutely unbelievable job.
“This is the worst I’ve felt for quite a while. Performance-wise, I didn’t recognise us or myself. It was abysmal.
“We just need to keep strong. I’ve been here before at this club – it’s about staying calm. It hurts a lot when you come off after a performance like that.”
Thibaut Courtois also maintains the players want Conte to see out the remaining 18 months on his contract.