Gabriele Marcotti has questioned whether or not Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still saying the right things after slamming his players on Monday night.
As discussed on ESPN FC, Mourinho revealed that he felt “betrayed” by his players after their loss to Leicester City on Monday as he felt as though they hadn’t listened to his warnings about the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
The defeat was the reigning Premier League champions’s ninth of the season after just 16 games, and it leaves them just a point above the relegation zone in what has been a miserable domestic campaign to date.
Having questioned the loyalty of his squad and the willingness to improve their situation, it has naturally led to further questions about the Portuguese tactician’s future at Stamford Bridge with Marcotti and the panel noting that club owner Roman Abramovich would have undoubtedly heard those quotes.
Whether or not this is still a ploy from Mourinho to get his players motivated to find their best form is unclear, as it can also be construed as a straight-forward criticism of their commitment to the cause which has been aired publicly, and not for the first time.
That point was discussed in particular by Marcotti, who couldn’t remember a period in Mourinho’s career which was as bad as his current situation after successful spells at the likes of Porto, Inter and Real Madrid.
Despite their progress in the Champions League, this is evidently a worrying time for the Blues as they continue to fail to find a way to get on track in the Premier League and their hopes of making the top four continue to dwindle with each passing week.
Mourinho welcomes fellow strugglers Sunderland to west London on Saturday afternoon, and it remains to be seen whether or not the club can start to find a way out of their current mess.