Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has urged the club to remain patient with current manager Andre Villas-Boas and has blamed the squad's older players for their current failings.
The Blues have endured their worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich took over the club, slumping to four defeats in the Premier League to find themselves ten points adrift of leaders Manchester City.
To make matters worse, Chelsea were knocked out of the Carling Cup on Tuesday evening by Liverpool, the second defeat inflicted by the Reds in recent weeks and handing the Blues their fifth loss in nine games.
However, Ancelotti, who was sacked in May having failed to land any silverware despite claiming an historic domestic double the previous season, believes Villas-Boas is not to blame for the club's slump.
"Villas-Boas cannot work miracles," the Italian said. "This is an old team now.
"It is exactly the same team as the one I left, with the exception of Juan Mata and Raul Meireles.
"The problem is not Villas-Boas, it is with the team that he has. Andre is young and inexperienced, but he has done well and he is talented.
"I feel Roman (Abramovich) needs to give him time to sort it out and make his ideas work.
"The problem is in the organisation and with the players - all the things that they have to change to make it better.
"Maybe he does lack experience," Ancelotti added. "But they knew that when they appointed him. He needs time."