Mourinho has seen his Blues side get their Premier League title defence off to a shocking start, Chelsea currently sitting way down in 16th place in the table, and it’s perhaps not surprising that reports of disharmony within his squad would emerge, reports that the Stamford Bridge boss refutes wholeheartedly.
“The truth is that talk of a mutiny is an absolute disgrace,” he told BBC Sport for an interview to promote his new book. “It’s an absolute disgrace how far people can go to disturb us.
“Yes, I know we’re not playing the sort of football we were last season. Why? An accumulation of factors, a lot of factors I’m not ready to discuss.
“You think the champions of England are bad? Their manager is bad, their players are bad, the club is bad, the fans are bad? I say nothing [of suggestions fans are disgruntled], I know the way I would behave as a fan.
“If I was a fan, I would think we won four Premier Leagues. Three of them, the manager was this guy. The fourth title was with a team that this guy made. So Chelsea deserves our respect, Chelsea deserve our trust.
“Can we get anyone better than me? I would answer the same as what people are saying with Branislav Ivanovic where I know the moment is the most important thing and I know at the moment he’s not playing especially well, but can you forget what he has done for his club, the happiness he brought to the club, the person he is, the player he is.
“You can’t forget, I don’t forget.” Mourinho concluded.
Chelsea host struggling Aston Villa on Saturday in a game that has been dubbed by many as a ‘must-win’ fixture for Mourinho, who has already seen his side lost four of their opening eight Premier League fixtures.