Chelsea's run of form is one of the "worst in the history of football", according to Blues fan and former Arsenal hero Paul Merson. The pundit has ripped into Frank Lampard's side following their drab 1-0 loss at Wolves on Saturday.
Chelsea were beaten at Molineux thanks to a stunning first-half strike from Matheus Nunes. The west London club remain 11th in the Premier League table with just eight games of the season remaining.
It was Lampard's first game back in charge after returning as interim head coach until the end of the season. Chelsea have now won just four of their last 21 matches in the top flight.
Merson says that record is unacceptable for a squad with the talent of Chelsea's. And he cannot think of a previous run as bad as that for a team with a similar level of player to the Blues.
He said on Sky Sports: "Not with that talent, that can't happen, it's mind-blowing. It's probably one of the worst runs of a football team with that much talent in it, no?
"Surely, four in 21, with that much talent it's got to be one of the worst runs in the history of football, in the history of football. I've seen teams go 10, 12, 15 games [without a win] - they've got nowhere near the Players Chelsea have got, not even close.
"They bring on their subs, they're bringing on international Players that have got 50 caps, not someone who has never played for their country."
Next up, Chelsea face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Merson expects a heavy defeat if Lampard's side perform in Spain as they did at Wolves.
He added: "There was no urgency. They never went out and moved the ball quickly. It was very slow. For about 15 minutes in the second half, they really moved it quickly, and they were going through Wolves without making any chances…
"My only benefit of the doubt is they’re waiting for Wednesday night. That is the only thing I can think of. If they turn up like that on Wednesday night it will be pointless going to the second leg. It could be a cricket score."
"Lampard has only had a couple of days to work with them so I give him the benefit of doubt. But you look at the Players, there's no pattern. You'll watch Man City and Arsenal play and you can see what's trying to happen.
"With Chelsea there's nothing there. It's 11 individuals playing football, it's extraordinary."
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