Diego Costa has defended Jose Mourinho by insisting that criticism towards the Chelsea manager is unfair and that the players must take responsibility for the team’s poor form.
Chelsea are in 16th position having won just two games this season, their worst start to a domestic campaign in a generation with perhaps the worst game of all coming in last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton. Mourinho is under pressure to turn around the team’s fortunes quickly but was given a boost last week when the club released an official statement saying they have no intention of relieving the Portuguese of his duties.
Costa, who himself has been suffering his own crisis of form with just one goal this season, has come out in support of his manager, saying that much of his bad return is down to him returning from pre-season overweight. He says that Mourinho’s abrasive style means he is exposed to criticism when things go wrong, but that this is sometimes unfair.
The Spain international is quoted in the Mirror as saying:
“When things don’t go the way that everyone expects, people—the supporters as well—always look for someone to blame. In some cases, they blame the players. In this case they blame the manager, maybe because the manager is Mourinho.
“There’s no doubt it’s because of the way he is. He’s very direct, very straightforward. He always speaks what he thinks and what he believes to be the truth. Sometimes it’s not what people want to hear. It’s the way he is and it’s why sometimes they criticise him.”