Former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown says Jose Mourinho must repair his damaged relationship with the Chelsea players if he is to avoid the same fate that befell him at Real Madrid.
Mourinho fell out with several of Real Madrid’s best and most high profile players in what was a torturous final season in the Spanish capital in 2012/13. Keown, who was part of the Arsenal side that dominated English football along with Manchester United in the late 90s and early 2000s, thinks the same could happen at Chelsea and used John Terry’s apparent fall from favour as an example.
Keown is quoted in the Daily Star as saying:
He has been on a mission against John Terry from the off when he took him off in the Community Shield.
“It seems as if he’s drawn a line in the sand under Terry. Now he’s got to start building bridges.
“I don’t think the international window could have come quick enough for Jose.
“There’s an outstanding manager there, he’s got to forget about what might come out – it didn’t matter last year so why does it matter this year.
“I believe his success is the way that he gets players to their maximums, but there’s a tipping point.
“He seems to have a very strong emotional tie with his players. There’s a genuine love and affection for his players but recently, it seems to be a love-hate relationship.
“He fell out with key players at Real Madrid, and the same seems to be happening at Chelsea.”
Chelsea’s next match after the international break is against Aston Villa.