Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta has admitted that players’ attitudes may be holding the Blues back.
The Londoners ended their poor run of form with a 2-0 win over Hull City on Saturday, but the Spaniard thinks they need to show more passion on the pitch.
Conte says he got the answer he was looking for from players in Hull clash
Losses to Arsenal and Liverpool had left some questioning new manager Antonio Conte’s methods, but the defender doesn’t believe his tactics are to blame.
‘The manager is there to try to choose the best formation for every game but to make a good system first of all you have to work together, to run and fight together, play together and then the system can make the difference,’ said Azpilicueta.
‘But without this passion and playing as a team it is difficult. You can play with six at the back you can play with six upfront.
‘This is the minimum that we have to give on the pitch to be able to play different systems.’
Chelsea have 13 points from their first seven games going in to the international break, and are still only five points off the top after Tottenham beat Manchester City on Sunday.
This brings the possibility of a title challenge if they are able to continue improving their performances over the season.