Branislav Ivanovic has admitted the Chelsea players, not Jose Mourinho, were to blame for their collapse in the first half of the season.
Mourinho was sacked in December after a dismal campaign which saw the reigning Premier League champions languishing in the bottom half.
Ivanovic told the Independent: “Jose told us the hardest season in football is the year after you win because everyone else has extra motivation.
“We lost control of our game, of our minds. We didn’t know what was going wrong around us.