Thursday 18 January 2018

Mourinho claims his players 'betrayed' him after latest humbling Chelsea defeat

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho pointed an accusing finger at his players and suggested they had betrayed him after his side's 2-1 defeat at Leicester.

Mourinho’s future as Chelsea boss has been plunged into fresh doubt after his side’s ninth Premier League season of a disastrous season, as he admitted he didn’t know how he could revive a team that are just one point off relegation zone.

He also admitted a top four finish is out of the question after their latest setback, with the latest outburst from Mourinho quite possibly his last as the club’s manager.

“It feels like my work has been betrayed,” Mourinho told Sky Sports, as he tried to sum up the defensive performance of his team as they were beaten by goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

“We concede two goals that are unacceptable to me. I know that one of my best qualities is to read the game for my players, to read the opponent, identify every detail about the opponent. These two goals are very difficult for me to accept. A big frustration for me to accept.

 “They deserve to win and were better than us. They were the best team for about an hour. Very consistent, not making mistakes. Aggressive with everybody, playing high intensity, high tempo, great mentality. It is hard for me to accept this defeat.

“To turn things around, I know only one way - working at the top level. Day by day in training I have no complaints with them, but is it frustrating to see what they are doing in training and what they do in matches? Clearly yes.”

Mourinho remarkably went on to suggest some of his players are not as good as they appeared to be when they played a part in Chelsea’s dominant Premier League title triumph last season, with this criticism unlikely to heal wounds in his dressing room.

“When you have some players in some crucial positions who do not go to the normal level, it is difficult,” he continued.

“All last season, I did phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level. It is more than they really are. Or this season, we are doing so bad, it is so difficult.”

Mourinho also appeared to be frustrated as his midfielder Eden Hazard limped off with an injury in the first half, with the Chelsea boss less than impressed by the player’s decision to leave the field in haste.

“All I know was that in 10 seconds, he made the decision himself so it must be a serious injury,” he added of a player who is reported to have had a fall-out with Mourinho in recent weeks.

“He made a decision he was not in a position to continue. It must be something important. He is injured, clearly. I will have time to find where the injury was. He felt immediately that he could not move.”

Mourinho was then asked whether his side’s hopes of a top four finish were still alive and he offered this emphatic response: “Clearly yes.”

If a place in next season’s Champions League is now out of reach for Chelsea, owner Roman Abramovich may decide the time has come to put Mourinho out of his misery and hire yet another manager.

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