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Paul Merson blames small pitch for Chelsea's home struggle

Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson has attributed Chelsea's poor form to the size of Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge, and young...

Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson has attributed Chelsea's poor form to the size of Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge, and youngsters' lack of experience.

"I watch Chelsea a lot and if you can get through the first 20 minutes against them, their confidence seems to go.

"They've got a lot of young players and they are easy to play against sometimes.

"The pitch looks so small for the way they want to play, it just looks to easy to defend against.

"I think Chelsea will need to go into the market next month. This is a crisis now. If other results go the wrong way for them, their lead [over the top-four] could be down to two points.

"They've got Tottenham away next. It's hard for them now. I think they have to go in the market. This squad, for me, doesn't get into the top four." Merson told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday.

Chelsea have lost their four out of their last five league matches and will face Tottenham next.

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