Kurt Zouma has made a worrying admission regarding Chelsea’s ‘motivation’ as the club continue to struggle against the so-called lesser lights of the Premier League.
Frank Lampard‘s young side have largely been praised for their performances over the first half of the new season, but despite currently sitting fourth in the division and in the Champions League places have often laboured against sides below them in the table.
The club’s form at Stamford Bridge has been particularly concerning, losing winnable looking fixtures to the likes of Southampton, Bournemouth and West Ham in recent weeks, failing to score a goal in each of those three outings as Lampard’s side have struggled to break down defensively-minded opposition.
Chelsea defender Zouma has now questioned whether motivation has been a factor in those disappointing defeats, suggesting the club may be lacking the desire they have shown when facing the Premier League’s leading sides.
The 25-year-old told French TV station Canal+: “For the big matches, the motivation is already there… for the other matches at home, maybe we are less motivated.”
The Blues returned to winning ways with a derby victory at Arsenal yesterday, and the club will look to continue the momentum from that victory when they travel to face Brighton at lunchtime on New Years Day.