Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sensationally named and shamed seven of his first-team players for underperforming at the start of the new season.
The Blues are without a win from their first two games after being held to a 2-2 draw on the opening day by Swansea City at Stamford Bridge and were then comprehensively beaten away at title rivals Manchester City last weekend.
The reigning champions are back in action on Sunday afternoon as they face West Brom at the Hawthorns, hoping to avoid a repeat of the 3-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture in their penultimate game of last season.
In a bid to get a response from his players and finally kick-start the defence of their title, Mourinho singled out his entire first choice back four aswell as Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and last season’s PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard for criticism and also questioned his own form:
“I’m not happy with Ivanovic’s form, Cahill’s, John’s, Azpi’s, Fabregas’, Matic’s, Eden’s,” the Portuguese boss revealed [via Star Sport].
“But, for me, the first thing is I’m not happy with my form.”
“I go to the gym every day now to get fitter. I was going twice a week, but with no discipline.”
“Maybe I need more action on the touchline, so I need to be fitter,” Mourinho added.
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