Kurt Zouma believes that his Chelsea side are struggling to deal with their ‘mental problems’ as their disappointing season continues.
The champions are just six points off the relegation zone following their dramatic 3-3 draw with Everton last weekend.
Guus Hiddink has failed to transform the fortunes of the club after the dismissal of former manager Jose Mourinho with the Stamford Bridge club having won just once under the caretaker boss.
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Zouma, who has been one of very few positives for the Blues this campaign, has revealed that it’s been a difficult season and that his side are struggling mentally.
“It’s been pretty tough for us since the start of the season, we can’t lie to ourselves,” Zouma was quoted as saying by The Sun.
“We’re not where we should be. I think it’s a mental thing. I can’t give reasons but I think it’s because mentally we’re not well.”
The 21-year-old has played 27 times for Chelsea this season and appears to be Hiddink’s first choice partner to captain John Terry.
But the robust defender insists that the players must take the blame for the sacking of Mourinho and admits that the team hasn’t improved under their new manager.
“I think we are responsible because we’re the ones on the pitch and we didn’t play well. We didn’t do what we should have, didn’t play the right way and I don’t think that’s the fault of the coach,” he said.
“Everyone has their share of responsibility but I think we were just as good with Jose Mourinho as with Guus Hiddink. it’s the same thing.”
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