London: Cesc Fabregas has warned his Chelsea teammates they must start performing after the reigning champions slumped to a ninth Premier League defeat of the season against Leicester.
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Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas. Pic/Getty Images
The Blues were beaten 1-2 by Claudio Ranieri's side at the King Power Stadium on Monday to leave them in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.
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Manager Jose Mourinho accused his players of 'betraying' him after the defeat and Fabregas says his teammates have to take responsibility, and start performing like well-paid players.
"We all have to take our responsibility, if you are a big player and are paid like a big player you have to perform and behave like a big player," he said at a Q&A session for a charity in London.
"We all have bad games, but the attitude always has to be spot on and we have to 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."
He added: "As a player you have pride. Ok, we cannot win right now the Premier League, but come on. We all have to do better. Right now it's not the time to think about where we'll finish. We've been saying it all season: we draw one game, OK, next game looks easy. But we lose.
"Next game we say the same thing, so at the end of the day I don't think about anything, I just think that I want to beat Sunderland and play my best, and that's it because right now, no-one is easy as it shows."
Jose Mourinho's future as Chelsea manager is in suspense over his failure to lift the team out of their alarming slump, according to British press reports on Wednesday.
The Daily Mail said that the Chelsea board was due to meet to discuss Mourinho's position yesterday, while the Daily Telegraph claimed the club's hierarchy was drawing up a list of replacements.
Reports suggest it would cost Chelsea between £10 million and £40 million to sack Mourinho, who signed a new four-year contract in August.