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The young defender believes that his side should have more praise for their strong start to the Premier League season rather than the criticism that has surrounded the club

Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand believes that there has been too much negativity surrounding the football club and thinks that they should be receiving more praise for their start to the season.

The Champions League winners have been predominantly in the headlines for all the wrong reasons following a series of controversies, namely incidents involving John Terry, Ashley Cole and most recently referee Mark Clattenburg.

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But the 23-year-old England international thinks that their on-the-field success has been pushed aside amidst the negativity.

When asked if it was better to talk about on the pitch matters, the defender told the Fulham Chronicle: "Yes, I think so. It is good to talk about football because there has been a lot of stuff going on. I think that just comes as part and parcel of being Chelsea.

"I think we've got off to a very good start in the season. I think we haven't had enough credit for the start we've had, because it's just all been negative."

Chelsea's strong start has stuttered slightly in recent weeks following a defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and the 1-1 draw at Swansea, but Bertrand is still thinking positively.

"Obviously with the draw we're a bit disappointed," he continued. "But we just look forward to the next game."