Jose Mourinho has refuted claims of a mutiny in the Chelsea dressing room, following their poor start to the Premier League season.
Reports yesterday claimed a number of players were becoming unhappy with the Portuguese manager's handling of the club, and an unnamed, senior player was supposedly using a one-word derogatory nickname to describe the Stamford Bridge boss.
But in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the 52-year-old labelled the rumours 'sad' and 'unfair'.
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He said: “It’s sad but I don’t care really, I don’t care, I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care.
“We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves. We know that we are together trying to go back to normality but it is quite sad because people could analyse the situation in pure football terms.
“Let’s try to find the reason why this team is playing badly and why it is not winning matches, without agendas and without unfair comment, because that’s not nice.”
Rumours of dressing room unrest are always rife when things are going wrong on the field. Despite winning the Premier League last season, it appears Chelsea are not immune to this trend.
Speculation can be put to bed with improved performances and the Blues will be expecting to get back to winning ways against Aston Villa this weekend.
The lowly Villains should provide the perfect opportunity for Mourinho's men to pick up only their third win of the season. But one success will only paper over the cracks in west London.
Their star performers of the previous campaign have been well below par and Mourinho may have to be bold if he is to halt their current slide.
The Portuguese manager had previously said he would have no problem dropping the big guns at the Bridge - he may have to do just that in order to keep the Blues within touching distance of the top four.
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