Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes his side are scared to play football following the 1-0 Champions League loss to Marseille. The Blues have completely dropped their form from the start of the season and have won just two of their past eight matches in all competitions. Wednesday night's performance in Marseille was a lethargic showing and Ancelotti fears his side have lost their will to attack ahead of three massive league games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal.
"Defensively there was tactical discipline and I asked for this from my players. We didn't have a lot of opportunities to shoot and score, we need to be more clear with the final ball," he told Sky Sports.
"We have to improve to play against these teams but we have a possibility to do this.
"We lost confidence up front, now we are a bit afraid to play football, we have to keep going, stay compact and prepare well for the next game."
Ancelotti admitted that his side's bad form trot was not yet over but has backed the character and strength of his players to bounce back.
"It's not a good moment. The bad moment continues, but we have to keep going. We've lost some confidence in our play. Now we have to come back and keep going. We were unlucky sometimes," he added.
"I think we have a lot of players with fantastic character and personality.
"We have to come back and show this. I'm not low. I'm strong. I want to resolve this problem quickly. I'm focused on my job. This is normal. I think my players have that same focus. I'm sure of this."