Chelsea’s attacking duo Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas reportedly led the fight which prompted the dismissal of Josè Mourinho.
According to Joe Prince-Wright of NBC Sports, a source “who has inside knowledge of the situation” informed ProSoccerTalk the two players “were leading the charge for Mourinho to be fired.”
The article also revealed the major issues faced by the former Real Madrid, FC Porto and Inter Milan manager during his second spell at the club as follows.
The source indicates that Fabregas was the main opponent to Mourinho as the Spanish international had seen himself benched repeatedly in the last few months and he has complained to Chelsea’s hierarchy about Mourinho and his antics.
The source also confirmed that Mourinho has been battling against a locker room revolt for several weeks as the defeats continue to pile up and the Portuguese coach continued to shy away from responsibility. “The fact that two of the highest earners at Stamford Bridge were leading the calls for Mourinho to be fired would have hit home to Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich and the directors.”
Chelsea players, notably Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, have been severely criticised in recent weeks after a lacklustre start to the season as league champions. Fabregas had to deny media reports he was leading a revolt against Mourinho while Hazard was also ready to leave the club for Real Madrid in the summer if Mourinho stays beyond the current season.
Fabregas, widely regards as one of the main catalyst in the Mourinho dismissal saga, has since paid tribute to the Portuguese manager after he was sacked making the whole situation all the more absurd.
On the field of play, Fàbregas and Hazard have so far failed to replicate the performances of last season. Eden Hazard has not scored in 19 league games compared to the majestic 14 goals he had as Chelsea strolled to the Premier League title while Fabregas has only weighed in with 2 assists, which is in stark contrast to the 18 assists he contributed to the team’s achievements in the league last season.
The reported friction between Mourinho and his players over the last few weeks however came to the fore when the former Chelsea boss said he felt ‘betrayed’ by his players, while speaking after the 2-1 defeat his team suffered at the King Power Stadium against Leicester City.
That proved to be the final straw for the Chelsea hierarchy and the self-acclaimed special one was finally dismissed with growing discontent amongst players evident for all to see.