Former Blues Gus Poyet said the old Chelsea could not win “the ugly way” unlike Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and this season’s Liverpool.
Poyet has seen some success when played for Chelsea from 1997 to 2001.
Playing alongside the likes of Roberto di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola, Frank Leboeuf, Poyet has added the FA Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Super Cup medals to his collection.
However, despite playing beautiful football, Chelsea lacked the ruthlessness to win the Premier League, according to the former Bordeaux manager.
He told the Guardian: “I think we were a team that played great football, it was beautiful to watch and to become champions you have to win games in an ugly way, whatever it takes to get three points on the table.
“We were not that team. We were a team who really made people enjoy watching us and that meant we needed to play well to win games.
“We were missing that consistency of champions, of having a bad spell [but still winning].
Poyet then made a comparison with Manchester United under the management of Sir Alex and the Liverpool team who has been dominating the league this season.
He said: “Manchester United won the league many years with many 1-0 wins and last-minute goals.
“Even this Liverpool team for the last three months have played at 50% of their possibilities and still won games, which is a sign of champions. We were not that team.”
Liverpool are currently 25 points clear of second-placed Manchester City (although the latter still have one game in hand).
Chelsea on the other hand, are occupying the fourth place, just three points ahead of Manchester United.