Chelsea Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) is challenged by Crystal Palaces Ivorian-born English striker Wilfried Zaha during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge in London on August 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
According to BBC Sportweek’s Garry Richardson, an unnamed Chelsea star has declared that he would “rather lose than win for Jose Mourinho.”
The Blues are undergoing this worst period under the Portuguese having lost six of their 11 Premier League matches this season and these reports are likely to add fuel to the fire of unrest inside the dressing room as suggestions looms that Mourinho has lost control of his players.
Speaking on Sunday morning, Sportsweek’s Richardson claimed that Mourinho’s rapport with his players had hit ‘rock bottom’.
“Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player,” said Richardson via the Daily Mail.
“The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.
“I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.
“Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently, “I’d rather lose than win for him”. Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players
Chelsea were beaten again at Stamford Bridge by Liverpool by 3-1 to hand new manager Jurgen Klopp his first win in the Premier League.