Cesc Fabregas has blamed Chelsea’s misfiring forwards for their poor title defence.
After romping their way to Premier League glory 12 months ago, the Blues are struggling to finish in the top four this season with just two games remaining.
Antonio conte’s defence have recorded a similar record over the course of this campaign, but the lack of goals appears to have cost them dear.
Diego Costa, who left the club for Atletico Madrid in August after a bitter fall-out with the manager, led the way with 20 as Chelsea hit the net 85 times in their championship-winning year.
But after recording a ratio of 2.24 goals per game, that figure has dropped to just 1.69, with Eden Hazard the top scorer with 12.
Alvaro Morata, the man signed for £65million from Real Madrid to replace Costa, is second in the stakes with just 11 strikes.
The Blues have picked up in recent weeks by winning their last five matches and reaching the FA Cup Final, and Fabregas believes their revival is down to an improvement in front of goal.
The Spanish midfielder told Sky Sports: “We are taking more chances because we are winning, and that’s the most important [thing].
“I think defensively as well, we have been keeping clean sheets.
“But the biggest regret this season, it’s been up front, not taking our chances. We have had many, many chances to score in games, to win games that we didn’t win.
“We could have won more if we had been more clinical and that’s been our weakest point this season.”
Fabregas has hardly helped to lift the pressure on the strikers when given the opportunity.
He has bagged twice in 31 top-flight appearances but has laid-on four assists for his team-mates.
Chelsea will be hoping to add a few more goals to their tally and close the gap on fourth-placed Tottenham when Huddersfield head to Stamford Bridge tonight.
They trail Spurs, who are also at home to Newcastle, by two points.