Jamie Carragher has warned Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel to be wary of the club’s history after a blip in form has seen them fall four points off the top of the table.
Chelsea started the season in fine form and led the Premier League for the majority of the season but have taken just four points from their last three.
A 3-2 defeat at West Ham was followed by a fortunate late win over Leeds. The Blues then struggled to a draw with a depleted Everton side on Thursday. They face Wolves on Sunday as they look to get back to winning ways.
Ever since Roman Abramovich took over at Stamford Bridge, managers have come and gone at regular intervals with various levels of success and former Liverpool defender Carragher thinks Tuchel needs to be wary.
The Chelsea manager famously won the Champions League title last season having only taken over months earlier but Carragher doesn’t believe that will alter the thinking of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
Speaking in his column in the Telegraph, the pundit said: “Recent history tells us it does not take much to cause a tremor at Chelsea Football Club.
“Where some clubs see a blip, the Stamford Bridge board tend to identify a full-blown emergency.
“Being four points from the top after 17 games is hardly a cause for concern. Not for most managers, anyway. In a title race, three wins from seven games after being three points ahead is enough to cause a twitch.
“You can be sure there is some anxiety within the Chelsea hierarchy after the latest setback on Thursday night – a 1-1 draw against an under-strength Everton side.
“Those are the rules Chelsea have established with their previous managerial decisions.
“Usually it is fans or media accused of an over-reaction after a couple of poor results. Chelsea have built a reputation of being more impatient than their top four rivals.
“The difference between the clubs is this: whatever the outcome, Klopp and Guardiola will be back to fight another day.
“Tuchel cannot work with the same guarantee.”