Jose Mourinho has hit out at Chelsea legend Didier Drogba after the striker recently claimed the Blues’ current squad lacks leadership.
Mourinho believes Drogba made the comment in order to boost sales of his new book, Commitment.
Drogba told The Sun - per Goal - earlier this week what many Chelsea fans will have regarded as a perfectly valid point: that the Blues previously possessed more leaders - such as himself, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech and Michael Ballack - compared to just John Terry on his own today.
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But the comment clearly agitated Mourinho, whose side sit 15th in the Premier League table following a disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign, so much so that he felt the need to criticise the Blues’ hero.
“When you speak because you want to sell books, I don’t read. I don’t read,” Mourinho was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "I like good interviews. I like interviews from big guys like Didier with good journalists, newspapers or television.
“But this is not an interview. It was to sell books.
"It doesn’t disappoint me. It was just the reality. It was just to sell books. I can analyse Didier’s interview with pleasure, but not Didier selling books.”
Drogba is right: Chelsea lack leaders
Mourinho was clearly attempting to defend his current group of players, but the lack of leadership in the Chelsea squad this season has to be a real concern for the manager.
He needs more from the likes of Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas - players who all delivered last season, both in terms of leadership and performances, but have flattered to deceive so far this term.
Criticising Drogba, it seems, may well have been a tactic to deflect the attention away from his under-performing squad.
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