Sunday 25 February 2018

BBC Radio claims unnamed Chelsea player admits he would rather lose than win for Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Fears that beleaguered Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has lost members of the dressing room appear to be confirmed by BBC Radio this morning.

The 3-1 home reversal to Liverpool was the Blues’ sixth of the season – only rock bottom Aston Villa have lost more – and already trail leaders Manchester City by 14 points.

The Portuguese manager was in a defiant mood post-match yesterday, failing to answer any question put to him by BT Sport and rumours that he has lost the support of members of the first-team squad seemed to be confirmed by BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek presenter Garry Richardson.

He revealed a stark admission from an unnamed member of the squad that would seriously weaken Mourinho’s position at the club.

“My information comes from a Chelsea first team player,” he told listeners. “The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho's relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.

“I was told they're fed up with the way he's been dealing with some of them. They're fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.

“Here's a staggering quote. One player said recently, "I'd rather lose than win for him". Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.”

Hazard was substituted for Kenedy yesterday and has been publicly criticised by his manager, while it is believed that the treatment of captain John Terry has not sat well within the changing room.

Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins meanwhile has refuted suggestions of a player revolt.

"I think they're behind Mourinho - they're just not performing," he told BBC Radio 5.

"That's one of Jose's major assets. He has the ability not to control but to actually talk and get all the players on his side.

"I believe Chelsea have some wonderful senior pros in there that will control the dressing room, as they have done for the last 'x' amount of years."

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