Newly appointed Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti believes a “lack of motivation” among Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and his Chelsea team mates cost Jose Mourinho his job at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho was dismissed last week after a miserable Premier League run in which the Blues lost nine out of 16 games, languishing just above the relegation zone in 15th position.
Ancelotti who won the double in his first season at Chelsea but was sacked at the end of the following campaign after finishing second in the Premier League said keeping motivation levels high after a successful campaign is not straightforward.
“That is the most difficult job for a coach because within a group, both one that is doing well and one that is doing badly, there are always problems to resolve.
“When things are going well, there is a risk of relaxation; when things are going badly, obviously there is a loss of confidence. The coach must always keep a good balance in that sense, lifting the confidence levels particularly when things don’t seem to be working.
“It’s a little of this that Mourinho paid for, the fact that the team had not started like last year, when they had a tremendous desire to do well after a bad year. This year it was exactly the opposite; he paid for the lack of motivation among the players.”Ancelotti told Goal.com
Ancelotti who has managed Paris Saint-Germain and led Real Madrid to the Champions League since leaving Stamford Bridge is set to replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich in the summer.