Chelsea’s miserable season will culminate in a court case with former doctor Eva Carneiro.
The 42-year-old left the Blues in September after being openly criticised by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for her involvement in the opening day draw against Swansea.
Carneiro is suing the Premier League club for constructive dismissal in a case set to be heard by a public tribunal in June.
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Ahead of the trial, the Gibraltar-born doctor gave an insight into the relationship between the players and the medical team, admitting that trust is “essential” in allowing doctors to carry out their jobs.
“Trust in the medical team is absolutely essential," Carneiro said at a football medical conference on Saturday, per the Mirror.
“If you get a player to trust you enough to guide the progression, he is much more likely to be able to progress well and not have to rely on his innate perception of what he thinks is going on.
“If you are able to inform the right decision with confidence, he will trust you have his best interests at heart.”
Mourinho was upset with Carneiro after she ran on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard. The Belgian winger was forced to leave the pitch and, after Thibaut Courtois’ sending off, Chelsea were temporarily reduced to nine men.
The Portuguese manager, sacked by the club in October, accused Carneiro of not understanding the game, and thus began a lengthy, ugly saga.
“The relationship with management absolutely affects how ready [players] feel to take on a risk,” Carneiro added.
She has acknowledged her perceived injustice by taking legal action against her former employers, who no doubt wish 2015-16 never happened.