A former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has claimed that Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has three major problems defensively that are contributing to their dismal run of form.
Robson believes that opposition teams are now finding it easy to play against them.
Sarri has been under intense pressure in recent weeks with rumours circulating that he will be sacked before the end of the season.
Their only hope of silverware now is through the Europa League where they have been drawn to play Slavia Prague in the quarter-final.
Robson has highlighted three main issues with the Chelsea defence that are causing them problems time and time again.
“David Luiz can't run when the ball is played down the side and that space is left open because Alonso is playing higher up the field,” he told ESPN FC.
“He is not good in one-on-one situations and also they have got a holding midfield player that can't get around the pitch.
“So that's the biggest problem.
“Every team that seems to go and press Chelsea and force them to play out from the back has success.
“Everton did that at the weekend in the second half. Chelsea have got big problems.”
“Alonso's performances have been dreadful he has played his best for Chelsea in a wing back role where you don't have to do as much defending as in a full-back role.
“So he is having to make more defensive decisions but he is not making very good ones.
“Sarri doesn't seem to want to admit that it isn't working with the group of players that he has brought in, particularly Jorginho.”
Jorginho arrived from Napoli last summer for big money and has been preventing N'Golo Kante from playing in his preferred defensive midfield position.
This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago