Claude Makelele, the man lucky enough to have a whole position named after him, has admitted that the club has been struggling to cope following the departure of Jose Mourinho. The French midfielder had agreed to only play once every three days, which still puts him streets ahead of certain Liverpool wingers, but has had to help stabalise a very rocky ship for Avram Grant,
“When I extended my contract last summer, I had an agreement with Mourinho – he would play me for the most important matches but not every three days!” he told L’Equipe.
“His departure messed everything up – the team was suddenly left to itself.
“Mourinho created stability for three years. His departure has destabilised many of the players, especially the youngsters.
“It was very difficult. We had to manage ourselves to rediscover Chelsea’s fighting spirit – we had lost that a little.
“Grant needed my experience and that’s why he has played me so often.â€
Chelsea seem to be getting gradually back on track, but the arrival of Henk Ten Cate and injuries means there’s a long way to go before the club resembles the match-winning machine Jose had put together.