Chelsea resort to extreme measures to save season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and his first-team squad have elected to cut out all ‘banter’ as they bid to put an end to their recent run of poor form, according to reports from The Telegraph.

Had Newcastle beaten West Ham on Monday night the Blues would have slipped into the relegation zone after picking up just four points from their opening five games of the campaign – the Londoners’ worst start to a league season in 29 years.

From winning last season’s title at a canter, Mourinho’s side have been ponderous and poor defensively since the start of the new term, with Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic having been made the focal points of criticism being aimed towards Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea’s senior players and the Portuguese boss know that poor results against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal in their upcoming two games could be disastrous, and in a bid to sort out the slide reports claim it’s been decided that all joking around has been banned as the club look to focus on improvements.

It’s understood that there have been no crisis meetings as of yet behind the scenes, while claims of a rift between John Terry and striker Diego Costa have been dismissed as “utter nonsense” by a club spokesperson.