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Published: 15:13 | 21/12/15

Cesc: Players must take responsibility

Cesc Fabregas has warned his Chelsea team-mates they must take responsibility for the club's dismal defence of their Premier League title.

The reigning champions slumped to a ninth Premier League defeat of the season against Leicester, going down 2-1 at the King Power Stadium to leave them in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.

There have been reports of unrest within the dressing room while there is growing speculation that the board will hold talks on Jose Mourinho's future as manager.

While the pressure is on the manager, Fabregas believes the players must justify their hefty wages and start delivering results on the pitch.

"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,” Fabregas said at Q&A session for the New Horizons charity at Facebook.

"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.

"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.

"We have been putting ourselves in this position and we have to now prove, and again, we've been saying that - prove, prove, prove - since the beginning, and now we really have to start winning."

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