Jose Mourinho has once more criticised an unnamed number of his Chelsea players amid reports of one of them leaking team news to an opponent.
Reports broke on Wednesday that Chelsea were considering appointing former Spurs boss Juande Ramos on an interim basis until the end of the season, with Mourinho’s future shrouded in uncertainty.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly held talks with the club’s board throughout the week with regards to Mourinho’s tenure at Stamford Bridge, but the Portuguese’s role as manager is understood to be safe – for now.
The Times’ Deputy Football Correspondent Matt Hughes claims that Mourinho’s ‘betrayal’ rant against his players after defeat to Leicester on Monday had an ulterior motive. According to Hughes, Mourinho’s post-match comments ‘stemmed from his suspicion that one of them had leaked details of his team selection’ before the crucial Champions League clash with Porto in midweek.
Hughes adds that Mourinho feels he was ‘undermined’ by one of his own players as a result, with the Portuguese manager often going to great lengths to keep team selection and tactics a secret, banning players from revealing anything to family members or agents.
Cesc Fabregas was dropped against Porto for Brazilian midfielder Ramires, but Mourinho ‘was astonished’ to discover that Porto were already aware of such a surprise before kick-off. The manager has no clues as to the alleged culprit, Hughes writes.
Despite facing mounting pressure, Mourinho has discussed Chelsea’s plight with the club’s in-house TV channel.
“Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, the way they live football, they live their job,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
“Chelsea is big, football is more than a job, it’s a passion. Every match on the pitch you should live with an unbelievable passion.
“How many millions would love to be football players and they can’t be? You shouldn’t waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything.
“Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others give absolutely everything and don’t deserve to lose.”
The Blues, who according to The Sun are lining up Pep Guardiola for Mourinho’s job, have endured a nightmare season so far and lost for the ninth time in the Premier League at Leicester on Monday to leave them in 16th place.