Friday 23 March 2018

'Jose Mourinho headed for the gallows and Chelsea in need of new blood'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks dejected during the defeat to Leicester
Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks dejected during the defeat to Leicester Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine

John Percy

Despite rallying late on the jaded Champions were once more undone, while Claudio Ranieri's side continue to defy the odds.

This could be the tipping point for Abramovich as Mourinho 'betrayed'

Chelsea were dreadful for 65 minutes and the statistics make abysmal reading for Jose Mourinho, who is clinging on by his fingernails. The Chelsea manager said after the game that his players had "betrayed" him.

“I feel my work was betrayed,” said Mourinho. “I worked four days on this match, I prepared everything related to the opponent, I identified four movements where they score almost every one of their goals.

“My players got all that information in training in the last three days and in four types of situations that I identified, they conceded the first and the second goals.

 “Sometimes, I find myself thinking that last season I did an amazing job and I brought players to a level that is not their level and if this is true, I brought them to such a level that they couldn’t keep it up for more than the super motivation to be leader and almost champions. That is one possibility.

Jose Mourinho is not planning to spend big in the transfer window

“Another possibility is that this season we start individually and collectively so bad that in the Premier League maybe the sequence of bad results brought the players to a position in the table where they are not scared of relegation, where they feel they don’t belong to the relegation battle but where they don’t have the motivation to be champion, or to be top two or to be top four. So I think both possibilities, one of them can be real.

“I don’t think in this moment, they can feel they are top players or they can feel they are superstars, I don’t think they can. They have to be humble, in this moment they have to look at the Leicester boys and to feel these are the stars, these are the top players. You have to look to them and be humble.

To lose against Claudio Ranieri, a manager deemed not good enough for Chelsea, will be especially painful for owner Roman Abramovich, who is facing a huge decision on whether to stick or twist.

The gallows humour from the away end – “You’re nothing special, we lose every week” – tells you everything you need to know about Chelsea’s remarkable decline.

Chelsea are tired, in dire need of freshening up

This was painful viewing too for Mourinho, from the poor defending for Jamie Vardy’s goal to Diego Costa’s running battle with Leicester’s defenders. But it was seeing Chelsea so unsettled by the pace and direct approach of their opponents which will have concerned their manager.

Whether Mourinho stays in charge or not, Chelsea sorely need an injection of life, with some young energetic signings, and the removal of the old guard.

Chelsea's John Terry speaks with team-mate Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium

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Leicester will face a battle to keep Mahrez

Two years after his £350,000 move from Le Havre, Mahrez has now emerged as one of the most talked about players in the Premier League. The Algeria international’s reputation is growing rapidly and Leicester can expect interest in January, with Arsenal and Manchester United thought to be keen.  If Leicester can keep him until the summer, at the earliest, it will be an achievement.

Riyad Mahrez scores the second goal for Leicester

Leicester are genuine title contenders

This bubble is not going to burst and Leicester have to be taken seriously as contenders along with Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs. They have racked up seven wins in nine games and are riding a tidal wave of confidence.  Ranieri is now 20 points above his former club and what a refreshing change to see a team come from nowhere to gatecrash the established elite.

Jamie Vardy set Leicester on their way to victory over champions Chelsea

Diego Costa deserves to be dropped

Costa endured another frustrating night and the pantomime villain act is now becoming tiresome. He has only scored one goal in the last 12 games and perhaps the time has come for Loic Remy to be given more opportunities.  Remy certainly achieved more in his 25 minutes as a substitute, scoring the goal that threatened a late Chelsea comeback.

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