Tuesday 24 April 2018

Jose Mourinho: Talk of a Chelsea mutiny is 'sad' and unfair'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Tom Sheen

Jose Mourinho has hit back at claims that there is a mutiny among his Chelsea first-team, saying that reports of a mutiny at Stamford Bridge are "sad" and "unfair".

Chelsea players have supposedly been calling Mourinho by a one-word derogatory nickname behind his back, something that is said to have spread through the squad after a dismal start to the season.

The defending champions have only picked up eight points from their first eight matches this season and are down in 16th, 10 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"It’s sad but I don’t care really, I don’t care. I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care," Mourinho told talkSPORT when asked about the claims.

"We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves," he added. "We know that we are together trying to go back to normality but it is quite sad because people could analyse the situation in pure football terms.

"Let’s try to find the reason why this team is playing badly and why it is not winning matches, without agendas and without unfair comment, because that’s not nice."

Mourinho had also earlier responded to the report, speaking at the launch of his book Mourinho, stating that he knew he had the backing of the players, as a number of them had publicly backed him.

"My reaction is Begovic (and I'm speaking about the last three or four days) said we had the best manager in the world. Zouma the same. JT: 'we have the manager we want, the one who can help us to revive this situation'. Diego Costa: 'if you ask every player in the world, they will all answer the same, that they'd like to work with three managers and one of them is this one'.

'Who else? Fabregas, the same. Ramires, the same. Loftus-Cheek, the same. Cahill, the same. Eden Hazard, very similar.

"So I think the mutiny must be... must be Baba (Rahman), Baba... who else? Papy [Djilobodji]? Falcao? Oscar? So these four don't play Saturday for sure. Official."

The Chelsea hierarchy were moved to give Mourinho their backing after the shock 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton before the international break, but insisted that results and performances must improve.

Chelsea face Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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