Cesc Fabregas calls on Chelsea players to do more for Jose Mourinho and earn wages
Cesc Fabregas has called on Chelsea's fallen champions to stand up and perform as he insisted they had to take responsibility for a slump that has left Jose Mourinho on the brink of the sack.
Reports suggest Chelsea officials have held fresh talks over Mourinho's future, with Monday night's 2-1 defeat at Leicester followed by a rant from the Blues boss that saw him attack his players in public.
Now Fabregas has stated that it is up to the Chelsea players to prove they are top level performers again, after Mourinho claimed some of them were not as good as they appeared to be in their title winning campaign of last season.
"We all have to take responsibility," said Fabregas, speaking at a Facebook event.
"If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player," the 28-year-old said.
"I am not saying you can't have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on. We must always be at the top of our games, even when it's not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.
"Confidence is important until a certain point. At the end of the day, as a player you have pride. We cannot win the Premier League right now, but we must do better," the midfielder said."
Mourinho has stated that Chelsea cannot finish in the Premier League's top four positions this season, but Fabregas argued that kind of talk is of little importance as they look to scramble away from the relegation zone against Sunderland on Saturday.
"Right now is not the time to think of where we might finish, we've been saying it almost all season," he added.
"I don't think about anything apart from wanting to beat Sunderland, play my best and that's it. Right now, no one is easy as it currently shows.
"We've put ourselves in this position and we must now prove that we can start winning."