Chelsea players responsible for poor season, says Morris

Jody Morris insists Chelsea’s players should take responsibility for the club’s poor season.

With Thomas Tuchel and then Graham Potter having been sacked, Frank Lampard returned as interim boss but the Blues have lost seven of his nine matches at the helm.

However, former Chelsea player and coach Morris, who was Lampard’s right-hand man at Stamford Bridge and before that at Derby, believes the players have underperformed.

Previous caretaker bosses Guus Hiddink, Avram Grant and particularly Roberto Di Matteo have made a big impact.

But Morris points to the fact that they were able to call upon the likes of Lampard and John Terry.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Morris said: “With the previous managers, they were coming in and had JT, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Peter Cech, (Michael) Ballack, (Michael) Essien – not only world class players, but massive in the dressing room.

“The group now is extremely young and extremely new. And maybe the experienced players who have been there for a while are coming to the end of their tenure at Chelsea.

“The players need to take responsibility, not just for this period but the whole season. They’ve had three good managers and they’ve underperformed. The players need to take on board the lessons going forward.”

Morris also believes it is imperative that Chelsea keep Mason Mount.

The England international’s contract expires next year and he has yet to agree a new deal, prompting speculation that he could be sold. Liverpool are among clubs to have been linked with him.

The Hammersmith-born Morris, who worked with Mount at Chelsea and Derby, said: “If Mason Mount is allowed to leave a club like Chelsea then I think it’s a sad time for Chelsea and I imagine for Mason – I know how much he loves the club.

“If we allow one of our best players and a homegrown player to go to a rival then that would pose questions.

“I’d find it difficult to take if I saw Mason Mount walk out the door to a Premier League rival.”