Ever since the start of the 2015-16 season, Premier League champions Chelsea have been in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons.
From underperforming stars, to issues off the pitch, the limelight has been on the west London club from day one this term.
There are rumours that some players have now withdrawn their support for under-fire manager Jose Mourinho; the central figure said to be leading that players’ revolt is one of the Portuguese manager's main men, Cesc Fabregas.
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But former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique thinks otherwise.
No truth to speculations
Speaking to Goal.com, following Barca’s weekend win over Villarreal, Pique said: "I know Cesc well and there’s absolutely no chance of that.
"We already know the British media likes to speculate, but I know what Cesc is like and it is impossible he is acting this way.”
Both returned to the Catalan giants and were teammates at Camp Nou from 2011-14.
Not so long ago, though, the 28-year-old Chelsea midfielder had publicly backed the Portuguese manager to be the perfect man to guide the Blues forward.
Mourinho: The best manager ever
Sky Sports quoted Fabregas saying: "He is the best coach in the history of the club and the best we can have.
"Personally, he helped me in a very complicated moment of my career and he gives me confidence. I will do whatever he asks. In man-to-man situations he helps me a lot and I respect him for that.”
Despite the players voicing their support for the manager, there have been growing speculations of Mourinho losing the dressing-room as well as the backing of the Chelsea hierarchy.
The results on the pitch haven't helped the cause, with Chelsea losing seven matches in 12 outings and now lie 16th in the league table.
It remains to be seen who has the last laugh if there is any truth to the story of the players’ revolt. For that to change the Blues have to perform and get results in their favour.
With the squad set to go on international break, it would give the 52-year-old manager time to sort things out at Stamford Bridge before resuming Premier League action against Norwich at home on November 21.
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