Phil Neville believes whoever decided to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United should be sacked after Chelsea crashed to a 3-0 defeat to Roma.
Chelsea were picked apart by Roma in the Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday as head coach Antonio Conte cut a frustrated figure post-match.
Chelsea’s Premier League title defence has already resulted in three defeats in 10 matches, leaving Conte’s men fourth and nine points behind leaders Manchester City, and former United man Neville said the club’s problems stem from Matic’s departure in July.
“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville told _BBC 5Live_.
“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside [N’Golo] Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.