Chelsea players are apparently not happy with their manager Jose Mourinho’s brutal criticism.
The Blues are currently struggling at the bottom half of the Premier League and are also not able to perform properly in the Champions League. This has forced Jose Mourinho to snub the players. He had even said that he would hesitate to drop the star players from the starting lineup and field the young players instead.
This has surprised this squad of elite-level players is the manner of the delivery, selecting certain individuals and criticising them in front of their colleagues.
Jose Mourinho had apparently bashed the senior players in the dressing room which was not taken in a good manner by several players.
For example during this troubling period for the champions, Mourinho told Nemanja Matic, who was axed for the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Porto on Tuesday, that he needed too many touches to control the ball.
Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the most reliable defenders of the team for the past three seasons, has been told he is lucky the club do not possess an orthodox, top-quality left back to replace him.
Oscar also has his own issues with Jose Mourinho and he has never been a favourite of the manager.
Chelsea captain and legend John Terry has been on the bench for the last two games, has also been criticised, presumably for his failure to compensate for his lack of pace with his usual immaculate reading of a game. Even with his experience, Terry is keeping his head down and vowing to win back his place at the heart of the defence.
Some of the lucky players who have escaped Mourinho’s wrath are Cesc Fabregas. Diego Costa, who fell out with Mourinho at the end of last season when he took an extra day off, without permission, to celebrate the club’s title triumph, is being treated sympathetically.
Diego Costa, who will miss Saturday’s clash with Southampton because he is completing a three-game ban, is the only player left in the squad who can consistently score goals. Mourinho needs him inside.
On Wednesday, after the players returned from Porto, the Portuguese manager called them into a meeting. The gist of the meeting was to tell them that he was convinced he still has their support, still in control as they attempt to arrest this alarming slump.
When Mourinho was in control at the start of last season, the Chelsea manager was easy-going and approachable. Understandably he has been tetchy and irritable in recent weeks, struggling to contain his emotions during the frequent exchanges with his squad. The forward-thinking players want to play with freedom, to showboat on the ball and approach matches with a sense of adventure.
Mourinho’s tactical approach restricts them, with incessant demands about team shape and awareness, with or without the ball, that have only intensified since the downturn in results.
He continues to make himself heard at Chelsea, the biggest single voice in the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
The trick is to make sure the players are not tiring of it.