Mourinho’s influence over his dressing room seems to continue to dwindle as a recent shocking revelation has revealed. A first team player has reportedly said, ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’, and that summarizes what has been a poor player-coach relationship at the Stamford Bridge right now.
Chelsea have picked up just 11 points from the first 11 games of their EPL title defence, and many have wondered what went wrong. A poor start to the season has seen the coach clash with some members of his team. Former team doctor, Eva Carneiro, was dropped from the bench following a row with the coach, while the likes of Terry, Matic and Hazard, starting 11 regulars all through last season have had a share of time on the bench this season.
It is believed those are enough pointers to the fact that the players aren’t happy with their boss. Eden Hazard’s relationship with the Portuguese is said to have been strained as a result of his omission from the starting lineup against Aston Villa and the coach’s open criticism of him. Chelsea are currently 15th on the log after having conceded 22 goals, lost 6 games and won just 3.
Their loss at the weekend against Liverpool has made Mourinho’s future at the Bridge come under more threat, with talks that he could be shown the exit door in less than a week. The coach however refused to answer questions surrounding his future, the team’s performance and fans’ reactions during a post-match interview. Known for his mind games and witty choice of words, Mourinho could only give a “I have nothing to say” reply to majority of the questions.
With the team obviously divided and not willing to win for the coach despite spirited displays on the pitch, it can only get worse for the coach from now on. The Blues face Stokes City away from home by weekend, and a loss won’t come as a surprise to many. The end of Mourinho at Chelsea might just be around the corner, no matter how much the fans chant for his continued stay.