Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed claims from Steven Gerrard that there's friction behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge, reports the Daily Mail.
Gerrard, who was speaking on BT Sport ahead of the Blues' Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv last night, suggested that there could be a problem between the Portuguese tactician and captain John Terry.
Mourinho was quick to deny the claims while also admitting that he shares messages with the Liverpool hero.
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Before the game, Gerrard told BT Sport: "There's certainly a bit of friction behind the scenes because for me, you play John Terry week in, week out, he's your captain.
"He's such an important figure in the dressing room and if Chelsea want to be successful this season, they need him in there.
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"Chelsea were champions three months ago, they were the best team in the league, the PFA player of the year in Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was on fire.
"Something’s clearly happening behind the scene that we’re not clued up on. You can’t have that many problems in a XI so quickly."
Without Terry in the side, the west London outfit secured a comfortable 4-0 victory against their Israeli opponents as the quartet of Willian, Oscar, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas all found the back of the net.
After the game, Mourinho responded to Gerrard, stating: "I like Steven [Gerrard]. I share SMS [text messages] with him. But he's wrong, [there are] no problems at all."
There's clearly a problem at Chelsea. The Blues responded to adversity last night as they secured a comfortable victory on home soil, but the real test will come against Arsenal this weekend.
Mourinho's side, who have secured just four points from their opening five fixtures in England's elite division, have struggled in the early stages of the campaign.
Chelsea's biggest names aren't performing, and they need to prove their credentials sooner rather than later. A victory over their London rivals on Saturday will only lift the spirits of all involved, so it's crucial they produce the goods.
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