Senior Chelsea players are unhappy about Jose Mourinho’s apparent scapegoating of John Terry and some other members of the squad, according to reports.
The champions have had an awful start to the season and currently sit eight points behind leaders Manchester United, having conceded 14 goals in their seven games to date.
The Blues were also beaten by Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night after Mourinho once again omitted club captain John Terry from the starting line up and handed the captaincy to the out-of-form Branislav Ivanovic.
Terry’s last Premier League start was the 3-1 defeat at Everton in mid-September and after being an unused sub in Portugal he conducted a solo warm-down in front of the visiting fans, who chanted “we want our captain back”.
Oscar, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy were left behind in the capital this week and did not travel to Portugal – a decision that the Guardian says has ruffled the feathers of some of the senior players at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho claimed in his post-match press conference that the trio had not been punished for their performances in the weekend draw at Newcastle – a performance he described as “minus one out of 10”.
The Blues was critical of six unnamed players after the first-half horror showing at St James’ Park, questioning their “attitude, desire and commitment” and he was definitely hoping for a response in Portugal after leaving Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic on the bench in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat.
Harry Redknapp has claimed Terry needs to be reinstated in the Chelsea side.
“It is time for Chelsea to recall John Terry. If you look at Tuesday night, Branislav Ivanovic is a bigger problem than the centre-back positions. I thought he was the strongest right-back in the country a year ago but he had yet another horrendous night in Porto.
“If you ask me to put my life on a game and I had to pick a team for England or Chelsea in a one-off match, John would captain it. There is no better English centre-half than John, even now. He has proven himself to be a winner and when things aren’t going well, you need characters to turn it around.
“You know what you are going to get from people like him. They give you a consistency that teams need when performances are up and down – that’s how you improve things,” Redknapp told the Evening Standard.
Mourinho faces a tough encounter at home to Southampton on Saturday and his starting line-up will be eagerly awaited as the champions look to get back on a winning track.