Jose Mourinho has hit the headlines again this week after he claimed that the Stamford Bridge club had a “campaign” against them in the Premier League, blaming it for Cesc Fabregas being booked for diving in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
However, the Blues’ boss could be intentionally making it up and lying about his belief that the Premier League community are staging a concerted effort to discredit the league leaders. That is according to a sports psychologist.
Speaking in the Daily Star, mental performance coach Andy Barton clime that it would not be too surprising if the Portuguese was deliberately constructing an imaginary conspiracy in a attempt to foster siege mentality to ultimately improve squad harmony.
“The media, commentators, other managers are all doing it [putting pressure on referees]. There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don't know why there is this campaign and I do not care," said Mourinho following the draw at St Mary’s.
It was in response to questions regarding Chelsea’s growing reputation for their players diving, which was prompted by Fabregas’s booking. Replays suggested there contact on the Spaniard and there was an argument that could have been a penalty.
With the score 1-1 and the visitors pressing hard for a winner, giving a penalty away could well have tipped the game in their favour. Mourinho was not happy at all and his comments afterwards were assessed by Barton, who believes the former Real Madrid boss has previous in this area.
“Whether it's consciously calculated, which is a strong possibility, or whether it's an emotional response, which is also a strong possibility, Mourinho has, time and time again, shown a siege mentality with his teams, by creating common enemies,” he said.
“If you make yourself out to be a victim in a situation, if you've got loyalty in your team, which he does, it just creates a stronger bond.
"If you create a common enemy you have something to rally your team around and so they're supporting a particular cause. You create a purpose in your team.”
Mourinho’s actions could well be designed as a distraction from the fact that his team did not play particularly well and that Eden Hazard’s top quality goal was the only shot they had on target all afternoon on the South Coast.
It is not the first time he has come up with some bizarre comments in the aftermath of a poor result and performance from his team. Following their first defeat of the Premier League season, 2-1 away at Newcastle United, he tried to blame the ball boys for being too slow.
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Sunday’s draw was as early kick-off and the failure to win would have been hugely frustrating for Mourinho, as Manchester City were hosting struggling Burnley and a win would have closed the gap at the top of the able to only a single point.
Chelsea got away with it in the end as Manuel Pellegrini’s side put in an abysmal second half performance to throw away a 2-0 half-time lead at theEtihad Stadium, meaning the deficit remained three points.