Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s recent behaviour is due to him “begging for the sack”.
The Chelsea manager’s first major decision came in the early defeat to Manchester City where he dropped Terry to the bench, and the likes of Nemanja Matic and Ramires have also been dropped from the side when deemed to have underperformed and most recently Hazard who was left out of the side that beat Aston Villa last weekend.
Hamann who spent seven years at Anfield, winning the UEFA Champions League trophy in 2005 believes that Mourinho’s treatment of key members of the squad has fallen short of what is required in the Premier League.
“Some of the stuff he [Mourinho] is coming out with at the moment and over recent weeks is not far from a meltdown. It’s John Carver-esque.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the owner and what the circumstances are, but to me at times it looks like he’s begging for the sack.
“The thing that worries me about Chelsea is that he seems to be falling out with all the players. If you want to get a reaction from a player and you put him on the bench like he did with [Eden] Hazard the other day, it’s not a problem. But you don’t bring him on in the 89th minute to humiliate him and embarrass him even further.
“And he’s done it with most of the players. [Branislav] Ivanovic has been labelled as a player who hasn’t performed this season, which may be true, but if you do it with one or two players to get a reaction that’s fair enough, but I think he has done it to most of them now.” Hamann said on TalkSport
The Chelsea boss has already been given a vote of confidence from the Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, which comes as the Russian’s first in his 12 years of owning the club.
The Blues’ poor start to the season has resulted in Chelsea being left behind by their title rivals, while matters in Europe have not fared much better following a draw and a defeat in their opening three matches.