BBC 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson has claimed that the mood in the Chelsea dressing room is so bad at the moment that one first team player said he 'would rather lose than win for him,' when talking about his manager Jose Mourinho.
Richardson told the story on air this morning, claiming that the relationship between Mourinho and his players has 'hit rock bottom':
Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player. The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho's relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.
I was told they're fed up with the way he's been dealing with some of them. They're fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.
Hazard was of course taken off yesterday for Kenedy yesterday. A potentially brilliant player (judging by my experiences with him on Football Manager) but at the start of the season no one could have predicted that he would be turned to in desperation at the form of last season's player of the year.
Here's a staggering quote. One player said recently, "I'd rather lose than win for him". Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.
The memories of the tight relationships with the likes of Lampard, Terry and Duff must now be a distant memory for Mourinho.
hat-tip: Daily Mail