Ex-Chelsea star agrees with pundit ‘concern’ ahead of Leeds United

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Jermaine Jenas have both spotted a concerning trend in Chelsea’s play over recent weeks.
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Former Chelsea frontman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink agrees with Match of the Day pundit Jermaine Jenas over a big issue Thomas Tuchel’s men have currently.

The Blues are meandering towards the end of the Premier League season, with Champions League qualification all-but wrapped up.

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Though, their poor form of late means third place is no longer a guarantee, with Arsenal just one point behind.

And on recent form, they are nowhere near favourites for the FA Cup final when they take on title contenders Liverpool.

Tuchel’s men haven’t won any of their last three, and they have only won one of their last four outings.

There has been a noticeable drop-off since the whole ownership issue came up, with Roman Abramovich putting the club up for sale.

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And the lack of intensity is something former striker Hasselbaink has noticed.

“There has been a significant dip in form. In their recent performances Chelsea have lost their intensity, the way they attack and get behind teams,” he told Prime Slots.

“They have lost a bit of their edge and they need to get it back quickly if they want to do something in the FA Cup final.

“They are conceding too many easy goals, which we’re not used to seeing them concede. I’m surprised by their performances.”

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Interestingly, Match of the Day pundit Jenas also pointed out the lack of intensity after Chelsea’s collapse against Wolves over the weekend.

“I’ve never seen Chelsea look more wide open than I have in the past couple of weeks. The amount of times they got caught out,” he said.

“They had most of the ball, but the amount of times they found themselves two on two with Wolves players. It wasn’t the same energy to get back.

“Reece James is the only one, Thiago Silva is trying to get across. It’s all just very passive.

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“It was just chance after chance. Chelsea’s spirit and belief wasn’t there. They’ve almost given up and you felt it was coming.

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“Before, you would have thought they were too strong, too resolute, too organised, but all of those things were missing and have been for a period of time now.”

Chelsea face Leeds United on Wednesday night with a chance to right the wrongs of their draw with Wolves over the weekend.

They then face Liverpool in the final ahead of Premier League games against Leicester City and Watford.

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