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Chelsea players annoyed with Jose Mourinho's scapegoating

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A number of senior Chelsea players are starting to grow concerned with Jose Mourinho's tendency to scapegoat the team ahead of himself, according to the Guardian.

The Blues suffered their fifth defeat of the season against Porto on Tuesday night, making what has already been a poor start to the season even worse.

Mourinho decided to leave Oscar, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao at home as he travelled to his former club. He also started Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic on the bench, only to bring them on when they fell 2-1 behind.

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The decision dropped a big hint over the identity of the six players who he had called into question after their dismal first-half display against Newcastle United last weekend.

As always, Mourinho had hoped that his squad would react positively to his criticism but was left thoroughly disappointed when they succumbed to a defeat in their Champions League tie.

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There are now rumours that the Chelsea dressing room is starting to grow disenchanted with Mourinho's abrasive manner and were left surprised by his decision to drop so many senior stars.

Captain's absence

Similarly, there is also growing questions as to why John Terry has been omitted from the starting XI while Branislav Ivanovic has managed to retain his place.

Mourinho has rejected any suggestion of a fall out with the Blues captain, insisting he remains as high in his estimations as anyone else but has only started him once in Chelsea's last five games.

Both Terry and Ivanovic have struggled to hit top form so far this season, but only the Englishman has seen himself displaced as a result. Again, a number of players believe it may be time to reinstate Terry.

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