Radio 5 presenter Garry Richardson has claimed an unnamed Chelsea star would rather lose than win for Jose Mourinho, Metro reports.
It’s the latest in a long line of body blows the Stamford Bridge boss has had to deal with this season. For weeks he has been claiming the world is against his side, now it appears members of his squad have turned on him, too.
Richardson told Sportsweek: “Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player.
“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 with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.
“Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently: “I’d rather lose than win for him.”
Mourinho has been racking up the fines for his outbursts far quicker than the team have managed victories. When such a good side suffers a rapid fall from grace it’s natural for people to wonder if the manager has lost the dressing room.
Eden Hazard’s dip in form has been indicative of Chelsea’s season and the Belgium international was dropped to the bench back in the middle of October for the game against Aston Villa.
This gave rise to theories there were tensions between Jose and the player. Mourinho said at the time, as reported in The Mirror: “I told players this is not the moment to think about personal situation, or moan, to be selfish.”
It seems the Portuguese manager doesn’t practise what he preaches and has begun to irritate his own players with his childish antics.