Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes that after Jose Mourinho accused his players of betrayal after losing 2-1 against Leicester, Chelsea players can turn against him.
The crisis at Chelsea is in full swing, and Mourinho with his latest comments does not look like a person who wants to solve the problem. The ninth loss in 16 Premier League games may herald the beginning of the end of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge because carousel of speculation has already started, and the list of his potential successors is impressive.
Portuguese coach surprised everyone during the post-match press conference after the defeat against Leicester when he said that the Chelsea players have betrayed him. And according to former Chelsea player Cascarino such allusions regarding his players can badly affect the atmosphere in the Chelsea dressing room. Ex-Blues has even questioned the desire of some players to continue playing under Mourinho.
Cascarino told Sky Sports News:
“We must be surprised (that he has not been sacked)”
“History shows us, we’ve seen (Luiz Felipe) Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo all make very quick exits.”
“The only people I feel are still behind him are the fans, they still sing his name because they have so much affection for him but they are losing football match after football match.”
Ex-Blues criticized Portuguese coach for his words of about betrayal, in his opinion this type of allusions certainly will not help to build a good team spirit:
“There is a fine line, how far you take it, how much criticism you can give to your team?”
“Behind closed doors you can say a lot more but when you go public and talk of betrayal you are taking it to a level that a lot of players in that dressing room won’t like.”
“They’ll start looking at Jose and thinking, forget about us, what about you? They will start looking at him, and it could make a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room.”
He also draws attention to the fact that Hazard left the pitch really early after not picking up a serious injury what may mean that players won’t fight for Mourinho at any price:
“You have to question the desire of some players to want to play for Jose,”
“Take Eden Hazard on Monday night, the way he went off, he may have been injured but he didn’t make much of an effort to stay on the pitch.
“It’s a very strange atmosphere at the club. You can’t have top players not working. There must be issues in that dressing room. Every player apart from the keeper has been dropped at some stage this season.”
“He has tried everything. I think it’s a last throw of the dice, they have Sunderland at home and Watford at home and anything less than six points I can’t see him surviving.”