Cape Town - Former Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand has accused Chelsea of lacking personality and leaders, and believes new boss Antonio Conte is beginning to realise the enormity of the task facing him at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea made a bright start to life under the Italian manager, but an injury to John Terry exposed a lack of depth defensively as well as a dearth of leaders in the squad.
The Blues have taken just one point from their last three Premier League games, losing to rivals Liverpool and Arsenal in their previous two outings.
Ferdinand believes it may have dawned on Conte that for all Chelsea's buying power there are serious issues in West London.
"I think it has dawned on Antonio Conte what a big task he has ahead of him," Ferdinand said.
"They lack personality and leaders. We saw him change his formation. No matter what formation he plays, he wants them to play out from the back.
"Juventus and Italy have been comfortable playing it out from the back. I don’t think they [Chelsea] have anyone who can do that."
Next up for Chelsea are newly promoted Hull City who have shipped 9 goals in their last two league outings.
Conte's men cannot afford to drop points against strugglers and will be looking to put the Tigers away convincingly.