Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair had admitted to being concerned by Jose Mourinho's reaction to questions after the Portuguese walked out of a press conference being held prior to the Blues' Champions League clash away to Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday evening.
50-year-old Mourinho, who is in his second stint as manager at Stamford Bridge after being re-appointed to the role during the summer, seemed to react angrily to queries from reporters regarding Belgian starlet Kevin de Bruyne's absence from the squad.
Mourinho initially replied that he "did not like" the midfielder's performance in last week's Capital One Cup victory against League One outfit Swindon Town before going on to blast reporters for their seeming obsession with asking about players who are not playing.
The former Real Madrid boss' reaction has drawn controversy in the media and Sinclair, who represented the club between 1990-98, admits he is slightly concerned by Mourinho's antics but stated that it could well be an elaborate ploy to divert attention away from his struggling players.
”He’s frustrated at Chelsea’s average start,” the 41-year-old told talkSPORT.
"The pressure is on and maybe that’s his way of taking the stress off the players. He’s done that before.
“I’m a bit concerned about the reaction though. He would expect those sorts of questions because he should know what the press is like. I think he’s just a bit annoyed," he added.
Chelsea, who currently lie fifth in the Premier League after amassing 11 points from the first six games, travel Romania desperately hoping to avenge their shock 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Swiss outfit FC Basel in their previous European fixture.