Emmanuel Petit believes even the best manager would not have been able to turn the situation around at Chelsea after what he saw during their defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday.
Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for Chelsea since the departure of Graham Potter.
The disappointing result at the Emirates Stadium marked Chelsea’s sixth consecutive defeat.
The one point from the goalless draw with Liverpool under Bruno Saltor is the only point this team has earned since the start of April.
Was appointing Frank Lampard as a caretaker manager a mistake? Given the outcome, yes it was.
However, Petit insisted that this Chelsea side were already beyond salvage regardless of who is in charge.
“I was very close to the Chelsea bench and I’ve seen some players having an argument between them, second half especially,” the former Blues midfielder told Premier League Productions (via Optus Sport).
“I was very shocked in the first half, the attitude of the players, the body language – no response, no pride, no unity, no friendship.
“You can put 20 managers on the bench, you won’t change anything at all at the moment.
“They need to create something in the dressing room first and think of the manager afterwards.
“You can put the best manager on the bench right now, I think he doesn’t get the answer right now, there are too many players. It’s a mess.
“It was embarrassing to watch Chelsea in the first half. I feel pity and I feel sorry for the fans.”
This could be Pochettino’s first task
This could also be a warning message to Mauricio Pochettino, who is expected to become the next permanent Chelsea manager this season.
If the Argentine were to succeed at Chelsea, he would first have to solve the dressing room problem before thinking about tactical problems.