Eden Hazard says Chelsea are finding life as Premier League champions so difficult because “everyone wants to kill you”.
The Blues are eight points adrift of leaders Manchester City after losing to the title favourites, drawing to Swansea and suffering a rare home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Chelsea next play at Everton on Saturday in a contest which could have added spice after the champions’ unsuccessful bid to sign defender John Stones.
Hazard, the recipient of numerous awards as Chelsea’s star last term, is one of a number of players yet to hit the same performance levels, much to Mourinho’s dissatisfaction.
The Belgium playmaker told fashion website HypeBeast.com: “It’s difficult to play as a champion because everyone wants to beat you, everyone wants to kill you.
“We wear the gold badge and…yeah, it’s very good. We had a fantastic season last season…if we could do the same this season we’d be good.”
Mourinho recently said: “If you are the best player in the league, I think it should be a good responsibility to have a similar season than in the previous season. I don’t want to analyse individual performances.
“In general terms, it is difficult to have a consistent performance when some of the players are not performing at a good level.”
Hazard is top of our top ten list of players who need to buck up their ideas.