When Jose Mourinho said he had felt 'betrayed' by his Chelsea players following Monday night's defeat to Leicester City, many believed it was just another attempt to shift the focus away from his own performance.
However, according to The Times, Mourinho's use of the word – on three separate occasions across three interviews – was in reference to an incident that occurred in last week's Champions League match against Porto.
The Special One had taken the surprise decision to drop Cesc Fabregas to the bench in that game but was later told by his contacts at his former club that they were aware the Spaniard would not start.
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Chelsea went on to win the game 2-0 and qualify for the Champions League second round, but the manager was still fuming with the leak.
Mourinho has always taken great care to keep his team selections secret and has told his players not to let family, friends or agents know if they are starting games. However, someone's tongue obviously slipped and the Portuguese was furious.
Fabregas didn't do it
It should be clarified that the same report says that there is no suspicion from Mourinho that Fabregas was the man to do it.
Indeed, it would be easy to accuse the Spaniard of doing such a thing in return for being dropped. It would also go hand-in-hand with the inaccurate reports that the midfielder has led the dressing room revolt against Mourinho.
Fabregas also took the chance to speak in defence of his manager in a recent Q&A with Facebook, insisting it is the players who must look at themselves.
The culprit for this serious breach of trust has yet to be found, although there is every chance the information was leaked by accident. There is also the strong possibility that it was one of Mourinho's coaching staff.
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