Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, has provided reporters with a bizarre reason for denying his senior squad a sports psychologist to assist the players during their troubling start to the new season.
The reigning Premier League champions have got their title defence off to a miserable beginning – having lost three of their opening five games.
They sit just one spot above the relegation zone with four points. Their chances of retaining the BPL trophy are already slim, with Manchester City comfortably sitting top, boasting an 11-point gap.
The Blues are in trouble, and the mental strength of Mourinho’s men has been brought into question.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s opening Champions League clash against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, the Portuguese manager was asked if his team need a psychologist during this difficult spell:
“No. No sports psychologists,” as quoted by the Daily Express.
“No. Because I think we are men. We have experience. Because our group is very strong.
“Because I believe that, inside people, it’s the people who can go really deeper in emotions. This is something I believe.”
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