Cesc Fabregas believes that he has bore much of the brunt of the criticism directed at Chelsea because he was one of the Blues' best players last season.
The midfielder made an instant impact following his arrival from Barcelona prior to the start of the 2014/15 campaign, creating 95 chances, registering 18 assists, and scoring three goals in the league.
However, Fabregas has failed to shine thus far this term, notching up just one assist in the opening 11 matches of the Premier League season as the Blues have endured a troubled start to the season.
Fabregas has been singled out for much criticism, which he feels is unwarranted and is based on the fact that he was successful in Chelsea's canter to the Premier League title last season.
"If you play well you are the first to have the finger pointed at you when things are going badly," he told Spain's Radio COPE.
"When things go well you are the best and when things go wrong you are finished, you are useless.
"Those of us who have been most criticised are Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and myself, but you get used to it."
The 28-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Spain, once again dismissed reports that he had started a mini-rebellion against manager Jose Mourinho, and insisted that the players back their under-fire boss.
"Mourinho trusts us and we trust him," he said.
"Obviously it is a lie [that Fabregas led a mutiny against Mourinho]. I backed him in a very difficult time.
"My relationship with Mourinho is good, as always, but when things aren't going well people are always looking for something."