Keown said in his newspaper column: ‘Chelsea must stand up and be counted for Rafa or their season is over.
‘The mess at Chelsea stands out to me. They haven’t won for six games, the players seem to be feeling sorry for themselves.
‘They need new leaders to stand up and stop hiding. They have to forget about the noise from the fans, or else their season will be over.’
He went on to say that champions have to win ugly sometimes, adding: ‘Manchester United are winning ugly. They have 16 wins this season and 11 have been by one goal.
‘Sir Alex is top and they haven’t really got going yet! It’s ominous for the rest. It looks like only two teams are in this title race, both from Manchester.’
This news will not be welcomed by Chelsea fans, but our football in recent weeks has fuelled us with little argument. I agree that champions have to win ugly, and if Benitez does get a win any time soon, I am 100% sure it will be ugly…