Former Dutch international and Chelsea great Ruud Gullit believes Jose Mourinho must show modesty and own up to the mistakes he has made this season.
The Blues are enduring a disastrous run of form which has resulted in seven league losses from 12 games - the worst start to a new season by a defending champion.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Dutch legend said: "In the past when a Mourinho team won, it was Mourinho who won, and when a Mourinho team lost, it was Mourinho who lost.
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"But all of a sudden, this year, it is Mourinho blaming the players. He is criticising the players, whereas before he always protected them.
”Be humble and say ‘okay, it’s wrong, and I take all the blame for it’ and then people can get over it.”
Gullit also believes the Portuguese manager is the best man to lead Chelsea out of this barren run of results, but said other clubs now don’t fear facing the Stamford Bridge side.
“People look at Chelsea and think ‘we can beat them’. They have lost that aura of invincibility," Gullit continued.
"You can sense it, and the Chelsea players sense it; that the opposition is not afraid anymore. And to get it back comes only by results.”
Nothing has gone Chelsea’s way from the very first day of the 2015/16 campaign, with the Blues now facing a near impossible task of making the top four, let alone retaining their title.
Below par performances from the players and issues off the pitch have heavily dented Chelsea’s hopes of reigning supreme this season and are currently placed 16th in the table, having already exited from Capital One Cup last month and currently second to Porto in the Champions League.
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