Thierry Henry absolutely slated the Chelsea team during a Sky Sports Q&A this past Tuesday, with the Arsenal legend blasting the under-performing Blues right in front of former teammate Cesc Fabregas, as reported by the Metro.
Last season’s Premier League champions have been absolutely woeful so far this season, and following their ninth loss of the campaign against Leicester on Monday night, have seen fit to part ways with ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho (via the BBC).
Before that however, Henry lay into both the players and the manager of our London rivals, insisting that no matter how much of the blame Mourinho deserves, a team with the quality of Chelsea cannot lose so many games against the likes of Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
Arsenal’s top goalscorer was sat on the sofa answering questions with ex-Gunner Cesc Fabregas, and you had to know that some of his comments were directed at the Spaniard. Fabregas performed excellently for Chelsea in his first six months following his move from Barcelona, but since then to say he has been sub-par would be kind.
Henry didn’t hold back just because Fabregas was there, and it certainly made things more than a little awkward.
“I think a bad season for Chelsea is finishing fifth, for me,” Henry said (via the Metro).
“They’ve lost nine games already. I never thought I would have said that. I just don’t get it.
“I always try to defend players to an extent, but I’m sorry, with the quality in that team, however you play, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1, at what point can you not beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace – no disrespect to any of those teams.
“Yes you can have a go at the boss, but I think you can also have a massive go at the players at the moment. Both of them together are in a situation that I actually don’t know about because I’ve never been in that situation.
“We had a bad season at Arsenal but we managed to finish sixth or fifth. We were always there, never past the 10th position.
“It’s time for the players to be professional about it.
“Where is your pride?”
Fabregas hasn’t looked happy at Chelsea for quite a while, although nor have the majority of the players under Mourinho. The Portuguese manager hasn’t treated his players particularly well, and it seems evident that the downward spiral they’ve been in is largely down to Mourinho losing the dressing room.
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Many were questioning Arsene Wenger’s decision to not bring Fabregas back to Arsenal when he had the chance last season, but nobody seems to be saying that now. Fabregas himself may be regretting his choice to ever leave the North London club though, as despite a couple of titles, our former captain seems to have had nothing but misery since his departure.
Will he be following Mourinho out of Chelsea soon? Or will a new manager see new life breathed into his career?