Ex-Chelsea star John Obi Mikel has expressed his opinion on the current situation surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s lack of success with Chelsea.
Although Chelsea are yet to play their Europa League final match against Arsenal, it is fair to say that the Blues have been less than convincing this season.
Despite making it to the Carabao Cup final and securing a Champions League position next year, the 2018/19 campaign for Sarri and his men has been inconsistent and at some points embarrassing.
Questions have been raised over Sarri’s position as manager and whether the players on the pitch deserve to be there.
But ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel believes he knows what is missing at Stamford Bridge to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
Speaking to Football Live, relayed by football.london, the Nigerian international said:
There may still be plenty of international stars in the Blues squad, but they lack the “edge” required to challenge for the grandest of prizes, when I watch them now, they’re fantastic players but I don’t see leaders.
During our time I could scream at Didier Drogba or Lampard. I was 24 or 25 years old but I could voice my opinion and it would be heard. Now when I watch them, there’s no one talking to each other, taking responsibility of being the leader.
You need that edge and right now that’s what they’re lacking.
The comments made do ring true with there being a lack of leadership amongst the starting line-up.
It could be argued that Gary Cahill is a good leader figure, however, his contract is due to expire in the summer and has rarely featured this term.
With a transfer ban looming, it could be difficult for Sarri to find this missing piece going into the summer transfer window.
John Obi Mikel's Chelsea career highlights
Premier League wins
Mikel won two Premier League titles with the club. The first came in 2010 and the second in 2015.
Champions League triumph
The midfielder was a key part in Chelsea’s dramatic ChampionsLeague triumph in 2012.
First Premier League goal
The Nigerian didn’t find the back of the net very often, however, his first Premier League goal came in 2013 against Fulham, seven years after joining.
Europa League win
Mikel won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013, with the Blues defeating Benfica in the final 2-1.