Ben Chilwell believes the Chelsea players must take full responsibility for the poor run of performances in the Premier League and says the only way to turn our form around is to work even harder.
The Blues suffered an eighth defeat of the season at the hands of Southampton on Saturday, a game which was decided by a moment of brilliance from their skipper James Ward-Prowse.
Graham Potter’s side had 17 shots at the Bridge, the second-most we have had in the top-flight all season, though we couldn’t find a goal despite some huge chances.
Our left-back on the day, Ben Chilwell, did not want to use the missed chances as a reason for defeat when he spoke to the media post-match.
‘Again, not good enough. I can stand here and say we created chances, like I said in Dortmund, but it doesn’t really mean anything. We need to win these games,’ Ben said.
‘We need to work hard, it is a pretty flat dressing room at the moment. It is hard to get into it, in terms of what we did right and wrong today, but we have time now until our next game to work hard.’
The England international believes the players need to regroup and look at themselves ahead of a London derby at Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday.
‘It is easy to say, but we really do have to work hard and turn this around, and the only people that can do that is ourselves.
‘It is never nice for a very competitive group that wants to win stuff. Some of us a few years ago tasted winning a major trophy and then to be in this situation now, does not feel good at all.
‘It is understandable that the fans are not happy. They expect Chelsea to win matches which we also expect.’
Chilwell also spoke of the condition of Cesar Azpilicueta, after our captain was stretchered off with a head injury.
‘I was one of the closest players to it and I saw it in real time, it definitely was not a nice situation. Thankfully us as players, and then the staff that came on, acted very quickly and tried to give him the best help we could. We found out he went off to hospital to do the necessary procedures in this situation.
‘He is also in contact with his wife and is stable which is a positive to take. We are all thinking of him and it is one of those things which are bigger than football, and we are all here for him.’