Jose Mourinho appeared to criticise his own Chelsea fans after the club’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Chelsea boss said the supporters were too ‘quiet’ and failed to show the same level of commitment and passion for the game as his players did.
It’s a controversial move by the Special One, who is loved by the Chelsea faithful, but many won’t be too pleased by these latest comments.
Chelsea needed a late Eden Hazard penalty to rescue all three points against nineteenth placed QPR, after Charlie Austin’s second half goal had cancelled out Oscar’s opener.
At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium - Jose Mourinho
A lack of atmosphere in the ground clearly got Mourinho wound up though, and in his post match press conference he questioned Chelsea’s fans.
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“Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,” he said as reported by the Daily Mirror. “At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.
“The team then starts playing like it’s a quiet, soft game at home. It’s difficult to get that strong start where the players, team and fans at Stamford Bridge [are united together].
“I was today looking around and it was empty, but not in terms of people because it was obviously full. That’s what is frustrating.”
As the Daily Mirror notes, Stamford Bridge is often full to capacity but it has been criticised in the past for a lack of atmosphere.
Mourinho obviously feels the supporters need to do more to get behind their team, but many will feel it’s just an excuse for a below par performance from the Blues.