Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet was at Chelsea during a successful time for the club.
In his four years at the club, he won the FA Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
However, one title that fell from their grasp was the Premier League title, with their highest finish being in third in the 1998/99 season.
In an interview with the Guardian , Poyet explained the main reason for the lack of success in the league.
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“I think we were a team that played great football, it was beautiful to watch and to become champions you have to win games in an ugly way, whatever it takes to get three points on the table,” he said.
“We were not that team. We were a team who really made people enjoy watching us and that meant we needed to play well to win games.
“We were missing that consistency of champions, of having a bad spell [but still winning]. Manchester United won the league many years with many 1-0 wins and last-minute goals.
“Even this Liverpool team for the last three months have played at 50% of their possibilities and still won games, which is a sign of champions. We were not that team.”
Poyet played 141 times for Chelsea during his time at the club, scoring 43 goals.
He has since gone into management, taking charge of teams including Sunderland, Brighton and Hove Albion and most recently Bordeaux.