Ex-Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge believes that the lack of leadership in the Chelsea squad has led to a terrible season this campaign.
The Blues have had a torrid campaign so far and have finished outside the top 4 in the Premier League which has made them ineligible to play Champions League football next season. To add salt to their wounds, Chelsea suffered a 3-0 loss to Newcastle United at Saint James’ Park on the final Premier League game of the season.
A number of pundits and former footballers have criticized manager Antonio Conte for his tactics and issues with the Chelsea board. Even ex-Chelsea star Wayne Bridge has slated the club for underperforming this season after winning the Premiership last term. And ahead of the FA Cup final against Manchester United which remains the only hope of silverware this season, the former England international has revealed the reason why Chelsea have struggled this season.
No Leaders At The Bridge Says Bridge-
The 37-year-old was on Sky Sports earlier this week and stated that Chelsea is short of leaders at the club at this moment. Reminiscing on his Chelsea Days Bridge said, “When I think back to that time, I think of a whole team of leaders, we had Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba, Claude Makelele, John Terry, Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole…”
Bridge went on to add that the West London outfit needs to find some leaders as they lack any character, “I think there is definitely a leadership problem, 100 percent. I look at Chelsea now and I don’t see a lot of leaders. I think it’s something they need to address if they are going to compete for titles. “
Wayne Bridge has brought up an excellent point regarding the leaders Chelsea had back then but the former Premier League champions do have a strong side and are capable of winning games. The new arrivals have not done well so far and need to adapt to the Premier League.