Jose Mourinho criticises Chelsea players during in-house TV interview

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You would be forgiven for assuming Jose Mourinho would be waking up on Thursday morning without a job, but as it stands the Special One remains in charge of Chelsea.

Having seen his team suffer their ninth defeat in 16 Premier League games on Monday, Roman Abramovich and his team of confidants met at Stamford Bridge to discuss their path forward.

At least for now, they appear to have decided that Mourinho still has what it takes to turn it around, and that has at least given the Portuguese one last chance to place the blame for this season's woes firmly on the players.


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During an interview with the club's in-house channel, Mourinho questioned the lifestyle of some of his first-team stars, questioning the way "they live football" and says he feels "frustrated" by their lack of commitment.

However, he was also keen to reiterate that not all of his players have let him down, explaining that several are giving "absolute everything" and do not deserve to be losing every week.

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"Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, the way they live football, they live their job," he told Chelsea TV.

"Chelsea is big, football is more than a job, it's a passion. Every match on the pitch you should live with an unbelievable passion."

"How many millions would love to be football players and they can't be? You shouldn't waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything.

"Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others give absolutely everything and don't deserve to lose."

Who is he talking about?

Questioning the way they live football is surely referring to Diego Costa, who has been criticised for his habit of visiting the best of London's nightlife – even flying to Ibiza – at the first opportunity. It is also believed that the striker returned from the summer significantly overweight, at least for a professional athlete.

In terms of the players who are not letting him down, Costa's compatriot Willian is certainly one of very few who can continue to hold his head high. The winger has been sensational at times and is believed to be in talks over a bumper new contract as a result.

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