Following Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Leicester City on Monday night that left them 16th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone, Jose Mourinho accused his players of betraying his tactics.
It was a moment that could prove to define his tenure at Stamford Bridge as he publicly lambasted the Blues' stars for the first time during their incredibly poor start to the season.
But, according to the Mirror, the criticism did not stop there. The publication claims Mourinho launched another scathing attack behind closed doors.
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It is reported the Portuguese boss told his squad that he was too soft on them in the summer and should have moved a number of players on before their form began to drop.
The 52-year-old was prepared to take responsibility for the club's poor start to the season, but their struggles are turning into a crisis and Mourinho is no longer prepared to take the blame.
Cesc Fabregas, a player who has struggled this season, insisted Chelsea's players needed to show more if they are to get out of their current predicament.
Passion and intensity is what is needed. The players that were so ruthless as they won the Premier League have been spineless this campaign.
The likes of Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa and Fabregas - to name a few - have been an embarrassment to their club, and the man likely to pay the price is the one who delivered three of Chelsea's previous four Premier League titles.
Chelsea fans, should Jose Mourinho or the Chelsea players pay the price for the terrible start? Leave your opinion below
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