Frank Leboeuf said Chelsea missed a leader in Thiago Silva as “unconvincing” Chelsea dropped points against Southampton on Saturday.
After a convincing defensive display in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace prior to the international break, the 3-3 draw against Saints was a big step backward.
It was unfortunate that Frank Lampard lost his new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to a thigh injury from his international duty with Senegal.
But Mendy was not the only one missing from Chelsea’s defence as Silva also had to miss out on the game due to fitness issue after playing in Brazil’s World Cup qualifier match against Peru on Wednesday and the long travel back to London.
Former Chelsea defender Leboeuf believes the former Paris Saint-Germain captain’s absence had a big impact on the game.
He told ESPN FC: “Thiago Silva should have been back.
“I don’t know what happened, but he should have been back and played.
“Because it’s crucial for Chelsea to have a real leader at the back and that’s the main problem.”
The former France international also sent a warning to Chelsea players that unless they improve soon, they could end up with a worse finish compare to last season.
“I’m not convinced at all about Chelsea right now,” he added.
It’s like they don’t know each other, they’re not fit enough, I’m very worried.
“I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know what they’re worth, but, really, if they keep on performing like that, for sure they’re not going to finish in the top four.