According to Eurosport Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho has described the pundits that criticise someone with his record as "really brave" - but is he right?
The Portuguese is the second-highest paid football managers, as well as a boss who has invested a substantial amount of money on signing players.
His record is outstanding, only few managers have been as successful as him, especially considering he is still only 52.
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But still, he is going through the most difficult period of his career with just 11 points from the first nine Premier League games and four in the first three Champions League group stage matches.
Mourinho has recently declared that he and his players will overcome this dip in form, even though a sense of anomisity is growing among some players.
Nobody doubts that the Portuguese has the ability to face the problems head on and perhaps he will manage to turn this season around. But the atmosphere is not the best ever at Chelsea.
Mourinho has always defended his methods after several suggestions about players who were unhappy with his rebukes. The Chelsea manager, indeed, considers it important to criticise players in front of their teammates.
After he dropped key players like John Terry and Eden Hazard, he was strongly criticised. The equation is simple: if a manager decides to leave important players on the bench he has to win. If not, he is in big trouble.
Is Mourinho still in control of dressing room? Perhaps. But he is running the risk of losing it. His methods have already seen him clash with the egos of big players at Real Madrid. It is also important for the most successful managers to learn from their mistakes.
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