Chelsea players warned to follow Mourinho 'or die'

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Former Chelsea star Emmanuel Petit has warned Chelsea players to accept Jose Mourinho's methods or expect to be shipped out.

Mourinho started his second spell in charge of Chelsea this summer, moving back to west London after parting with Real Madrid.

Since his return, Chelsea have had a mixture of success and failure. They currently sit in second position in the Premier League, just two points behind Arsenal but have also suffered defeats away to Everton and FC Basel at Stamford Bridge.

He has also tested his relationship with Chelsea fans by refusing to play the two-time player of the season Juan Mata despite his influential contributions to Chelsea over the last two seasons.

Mourinho has also dropped Kevin de Bruyne out of the squad following questions regarding the players' attitude.

Petit, who played for both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League, admits that the admissions are no surprise and insists players must accept Mourinho's way or expect to be on the road out of west London.

He is quoted in the Metro as saying: "Jose has been welcomed by everyone and has come in made his own decisions, like dropping Mata and Fernando Torres, and he is trying to play football."

"Jose wants to keep his ideology – you follow him or you die. Chelsea are in a good way and he has a young team and it is clear Jose is in charge and he is back to win things."

Chelsea face Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Tuesday as they look to recover from their opening day defeat to the Swiss champions. 

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