Barely 48 hours after accusing his players of ‘betrayal’ performance against Leicester City, Mourinho on Wednesday took another shot on his players, claiming that they lacked the fighting spirit.
“Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, the way they live football, they live their job,’ the Portuguese gaffer said.
“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. You shouldn’t waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything”, he added.
‘The Special One’ also admitted his frustrations at the way some of his players have responded to the performance meltdown that has seen the London club crash from top to the 16th on the Barclay Premier League, with mere 16 points in 16 matches.
“Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others give absolutely everything and don’t deserve to lose”, he stressed.
Crisis talks are ongoing between Roman Abramovich, his closest aides and key executives at Stamford Bridge about how they might rescue this disastrous season.
Mourinho’s future has been part of the discussion: whether they want to sack him, or can afford to terminate his contract, and what alternatives might be available, in the long and short term.
However, there are strong indications that Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich has remained staunchly behind Mourinho despite awful results this season.
But, inside the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s latest scatter-gun tactics and public dress-down of his players may not be quite so well received and could compound the woes.
Mourinho, meanwhile, returned to routine training session at Cobham on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Sunderland, making no reference to his uncertain position or those scathing post-match remarks.
By Olisemeka Obeche