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Mikel on Chelsea struggle: Fantastic players but zero leader

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John Mikel -Obi has attributed the struggle of his former club under Maurizio Sarri to the club missing their old-guards – as the current squad is missing true leaders.

According to the Nigerian, who spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge, in the current set-up at Chelsea, no one was taking responsibility.

“When I watch them now, they’re fantastic players but I don’t see leaders,” The Super Eagles of Nigeria Captain told The Sun.

 “During our time I could scream at Didier Drogba or Lampard. I was 24 or 25 years old but I could voice my opinion and it would be heard.

“Now when I watch them, there’s no one talking to each other, taking responsibility of being the leader. You need that edge and right now that’s what they’re lacking.”

The 31-year-old moved to China and plied his trade with Tianjin Teda for two years, before jumping the ship back to England, this time around in the Championship with Middlesbrough.

Irrespective of the manager, Terry was the figurehead, Mikel (Photo Credit: The Sun)

Mikel further went on to reveal the mood in the Chelsea’s dressing room after a defeat and how all the 10 coaches in his 11 years at the club never dare to belittle John Terry’s authority in the dressing room.

He explained: “If we lost a game, we may not speak to each other for a day to show this was not good and tomorrow had to be better,

“We were just so hungry. Did we take it a bit too far? Sometimes, yes, we had to.

“There were people fighting, grabbing round the neck, JT {John Terry} smashing the table and drinks. If we were losing a game you did not want to be in the dressing room.

“There were countless times. If we were 1-0 down at half-time and had to win, he did it time in, time out. The manager would speak and then leave it to JT to carry on. He smashes the whole place up and then we go back out and get the win.

“What he said, we followed. What he did, we followed. We looked at him for a reaction and we followed.

“No matter what manager came in, you had to know the figurehead of the club was John Terry.”

Chelsea on Sunday were humiliated at the Etihad on Sunday by 6-0, a defeat that has made Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher to compare Chelsea under Sarri to a weak Arsenal team under Wenger

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