The Portuguese coach has made the audacious claim that he was betrayed by his own players following a miserable showing at the King Power Stadium.
“We conceded two goals that are unacceptable for me. I know one of my best qualities is to read the game for my players, to identify every detail about the opponent,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after the fixture [via Goal].
“I feel that my work was betrayed. It’s difficult for us to score goals when you have players who are not in their best level. When you have some players, especially in crucial positions, it’s difficult.
“It’s hard. All last season I did phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is more than they really are.”
Chelsea fell behind when Jamie Vardy opened the scoring in the first half, profiting from a moment’s hesitation by John Terry to fire Riyad Mahrez’s cross past Thibaut Courtois for his 15th goal of the season.
Mahrez himself compounded the Pensioners’ misery when he bagged his eleventh of what is thoroughly remarkable campaign for Claudio Ranieri’s side.
Substitute Loic Remy pulled one back for the visitors, heading past Kasper Schmeichel in the 77th minute, but Chelsea were unable to build on his effort and fell to another defeat, their eighth of the campaign.
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Mourinho’s comments are not only remarkable for the criticism he has levelled at his players, but the manager’s final words also intimate that he—and not the team—where responsible for last season’s title triumph.
It’s a claim that is unlikely to go down well in the Pensioners dressing room, and it remains to be seen how Mourinho can win back the squad and pull Chelsea away from the relegation zone.
The West London side sit 16th after 16 matches, having won only four matches, losing nine.