Chelsea boss in Stamford Bridge crisis talks

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has demanded immediate improvements from his Chelsea squad following their shock Champions League defeat to FC Basel on Wednesday night, reports the Daily Mail.

Mourinho held a meeting with his entire squad at the clubs training ground in Cobham, after club owner Roman Abramovich made a dressing room visit following their third consecutive defeat in all competitions.

The Basel defeat followed defeats to Everton in the Premier League, and the penalty shootout defeat to Bayern Munich in the Super Cup final, having lead twice.

Abramovich is understood to have spoken to a number of players, although there is thought to be no sign of tension in the Chelsea camp, merely understanding the form must change quickly.

The points raised by Mourinho in his team meeting were said to have been interpreted as ‘constructive’ and ‘positive’, although the players are under no illusions that their first team places are under threat.

One of the main frustrations for Chelsea this season has been the lack of goals, with just seven scored in six games since Mourinho’s return.

Of all the strikers on the clubs books, only Fernando Torres is yet to find the back of the net this season – yet he was still axed from the Champions League squad in midweek.

Chelsea’s poor form has given tomorrow evening’s West London derby will Fulham even more importance, with club captain John Terry likely to be recalled after missing Wednesday night’s defeat.

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