Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he has managed big-name players before who go into hiding when the going gets tough but he insists Mikel Obi and his team-mates will bury their heads like ostriches after Tuesday’s defeat to Porto.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s league game on the Chelsea website, Mourinho claims his players are about to take flight and show their strength after disappointing results in their recent fixtures and not go into hiding.
“There is an animal that puts its head in the ground… an ostrich. In the bad moments, you cannot do that.
“You cannot do that and wait for a better moment to come, or for problems to be resolved by themselves. Or waiting for the moon to change and give you better vibrations.
“You make mistakes, you are in a bad moment, no ostrich. Head up, face the problems, speak, work and for me this is the way. I used to say that sometimes players are on the pitch and they are hidden. They hide. They don’t want the ball.
“It’s the worst thing, when you don’t want to be there. You lose two or three matches, the next match you play at home and you don’t want to be there.
“I had players like this, even in big clubs. I had players that feel, in some moments, they don’t want to be there. But we don’t have that profile. I don’t think we’ll be in trouble not to have the desire and personality to play.” Mourinho stated.
Mourinho also defended his decision to keep faith with out-of-form defender Branislav Ivanovic, despite admitting he has criticized the full-back in front of his team-mates.
Mourinho and his side face Southampton later on Saturday.