Former Chelsea player and manager Gianluca Vialli has criticized the way former Blues manager Jose Mourinho handled things at the start of 2015/16 season.
The former Real Madrid, Porto, and Inter Milan manager, who came back to Stamford Bridge for his second stint as the head coach in 2013/14 season, was sacked midway through the 2015-16 season after the defending champions had the poorest start to league campaign in more than a decade.
However, even the sacking of the 53-year-old did not save the season for the Blues, who finished the season trophyless and were placed at 10th position in the league table, which means that they will not take part in a European competition for the first time since 2003.
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Vialli said that the former Madrid manager did not keep his mouth shut and criticized his key players publicly, which affected his team in the wrong manner.
"Jose probably didn't handle that situation in the right way,” said Vialli while talking to Goal.com.
"He [Jose] was always very demanding publicly, criticising the players and trying to really push them to achieve more and play better.
"I thought at the time that the players actually needed the opposite treatment. If you're not winning, keep your mouth shut."
The former Italy player was probably referring to Mourinho’s criticism publicly of several of his key players at the start of the season, most notably of the last year’s PFA Player of the Year award winner Eden Hazard, who he accused of not giving 100% for the team.
Mourinho also went on to accuse the club’s medical staff of being naïve and impulsive, which led the team doctor Eva Carneiro to resign from her role following criticism publicly after the match against Swansea City.
Vialli, who is currently working as a commentator for Sky Sports Italia, went on to express hope for the future, and also backed incoming manager Antonio Conte.
“He is a great manager," Vialli said. "I spoke to players at Juventus who have worked with Antonio Conte, and some of the greatest managers and they reckon that Antonio Conte is the best.”
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