Chelsea's senior players need to stand up and be counted if the club are to recover from their disappointing start to the season, according to former Stamford Bridge star Michael Ballack.

Chelsea's worst start to a campaign since Roman Abramovich bought the club already sees them languishing outside the top four, and anything other than victory against Wolves on Saturday could mean they end the weekend down in seventh place.

After helping his Bayer Leverkusen side pile on the misery for Chelsea in Wednesday's Champions League clash, Ballack urged Chelsea's senior players to take the lead, saying: "They have to do it. You can't talk about or just criticise the young players. It always has to come from the older more experienced players."

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