Jose Mourinho is running out of patience with three of his high-profile stars at Chelsea following a disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.
The Blues are currently 14th in the Premier League table, having secured eight points from a possible 21, and Mourinho has subsequently questioned the attitude of numerous players in his squad.
According to the Telegraph, Oscar, Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard are believed to be among the players that Mourinho is starting to lose patience with.
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“There are two sorts of champions,” Mourinho has told reporters. “There are champions who win something and there are lots of them, but there are the other champions who during their career they win one, two, three, four, five, 10 or 20 titles.
“In this club, we have 25 champions from last year, but champions, serial champions, in this squad, how many do we have? John Terry, John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic are serial champions. Almost every season they have something in the pocket.
“But how many serial champions do we have? And that’s the point. Last year we were champions, but the point for me is are we serial champions?”
Chance to make amends tonight v FC Porto
Mourinho is prepared to drop his under-performing stars for younger players in the club’s ranks, such as teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
But the likes of Oscar, Matic and last season’s Premier League Player of the Year, Hazard, will have one more opportunity to prove their worth against FC Porto in the Champions League this evening.
Four days later the Premier League champions take on Southampton in a must-win match at Stamford Bridge. Failure to win that and Mourinho will surely make wholesale changes to his starting line-up.
Oscar isn't fulfilling his potential
It shouldn’t be much longer before Hazard and Matic find their form, but questions have to be asked of Oscar, who has not developed at the rate many Chelsea fans would have expected in recent seasons.
The Brazilian has to start performing, otherwise he’ll be one of the first to drop out of Mourinho’s first-choice eleven.
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