CHELSEA showed a lack of fight in their 3-1 loss to Tottenham yesterday – something they have been guilty of far too often this season.
That is the view of ESPN FC pundit and former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol.
Chelsea took a first-half lead at Stamford Bridge yesterday but after a Christian Eriksen stunner drew the sides level, Tottenham dominated the encounter.
The Blues are now eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with their hopes of finishing in the top four all but gone with seven games remaining.
Nicol said once Spurs went into a 3-1 lead, it was clear there was no way back for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
The Scot says that has been a common theme in the Blues’ nine Premier League defeats this term.
“What you just said there, that they’re unlikely to be fighting (for then top four),” Nicol said on ESPN FC.
“This is a team that all season long in stretches hasn’t looked as though it’s been fighting.
“When that third goal goes in in this game against Tottenham, it was like downing tools.
“There was absolutely no way on earth this team were either going to get any back or even fight for it.
“I think that’s happened so many times and the reason they’ve lost nine games is because some games they’ve turned up and haven’t had the fight.”