The Portuguese coach has never been afraid of finding scapegoats and blaming others when things haven’t gone his way, but his latest choice of nemeses is somewhat unexpected…even by Jose’s standards.
In the past, Chelsea have had their own issues with Swansea City’s ballboys—notably when Eden Hazard kicked out at a young time-waster—but latterly, it’s the ground staff at the King Power Stadium that have provoked fury on the part of the Blues manager.
“They [Leicester] fought with everything, they defended with everything, and the ballboys were amazing too,” the under-pressure manager told Chelsea’s official website.
“I say the point about the ballboys because it’s a disgrace for the Premier League, but I want to make it clear I don’t want that story to be in front of a result Leicester deserved.”
The result leaves Chelsea in a miserable position in the EPL table.
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After 16 matches, the Blues find themselves only one point above the relegation zone. They have lost nine and won only four of their matches to date, scoring 18 goals but conceding a whopping 26—the sixth-worst defensive record in the division.
While Chelsea surely have too much about them to be relegated to the Championship, Mourinho admitted after their 2-1 defeat to Leicester that his side had given up on securing a return to the 2016-17 Champions League via a top-four finish.