Jose Mourinho says reports of a mutiny within his Chelsea ranks are “sad”, but that he still has the backing of his under-fire players.
The London Evening Standard reported on Thursday that Chelsea players had grown disillusioned and annoyed after Mourinho’s constant criticism of their poor performances this season, as well as his backroom staff.
The reports also included a hilarious claim that a senior player had invented a one-word derogatory term for Mourinho, and while the Portuguese boss admits such reports are “sad”, he insists that he still has the backing of his players.
“It’s sad but I don’t care really, I don’t care,” Mourinho said. “I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care.
“We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves. 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.”
“My reaction is [Asmir] Begovic – and I’m speaking about the last three or four days – said we had the best manager in the world. [Kurt] Zouma the same. [England’s lion] 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? [Cesc] Fabregas, the same. Ramires, the same. [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, the same. [Gary] Cahill, the same. Eden Hazard, very similar,” he added, before saying with a smile: “So I think the mutiny must be… Baba [Rahman], Baba… who else? Papy [Djilobodji]? Falcao? Oscar? So these four don’t play Saturday for sure. Official.”