01162018

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is battling against dressing-room unrest as he fights for his job

Jose Mourinho declared himself the Happy One when he returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013 but the Chelsea boss has been anything but that following his side’s woeful 2015-16 campaign.

The latest outburst was a claim he’d been betrayed by his players as they failed to follow his instructions during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Leicester on Monday.

And Mourinho now seems to be battling against unhappiness in sections of the dressing room after a number of high-profile bust-ups. 

Here, Sportsmail looks at the players and staff Mourinho has fallen out with this season.

Jose Mourinho cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline during Chelsea's 2-1 defeat by Leicester

Jose Mourinho cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Leicester

JOHN TERRY

Back in August, Mourinho made the brave step of taking on his biggest ally in the Chelsea dressing room. The Portuguese boss embarrassed his captain by hooking the 35-year-old at half-time during Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat by Manchester City.

Terry, who had played in every minute of Chelsea’s 2014-15 title-winning season, looked stony-faced as he watched on from the bench, but Mourinho insisted the defender had no right to be disgruntled.

Speaking after the defeat, Mourinho said: ‘I don’t know if you asked questions to Rafa Benitez, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, to the ones that never played him,’ added Mourinho when asked about his decision to bring off his captain against City.

John Terry sits on the bench after being substituted during Chelsea's 3-0 defeat against Manchester City 

John Terry sits on the bench after being substituted during Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester City 

The Blues captain was substituted again as Chelsea suffered their ninth defeat of the season on Monday

The Blues captain was substituted again as Chelsea suffered their ninth defeat of the season on Monday

‘I’m the one you shouldn’t ask because I’m the one that plays with John in every game.

‘I made John captain. I recovered John from a difficult situation with other managers.

‘I brought my captain off and he was on the bench and still captain on the bench because the armband is just an armband.

‘I can tell you he was not dancing in the dressing room and I can also tell you he was not having a bad reaction.’

EDEN HAZARD

After steering Chelsea to the title earlier this year, Hazard has been a shadow of his former self as his performances in the 2015-16 campaign continue to embody his team’s shocking displays.

Mourinho has tried everything this season to try and spark the Belgian back into life on the pitch, but the pair’s relationship is beginning to look beyond repair.

Earlier this year, Sportsmail’s Neil Ashton reported that Hazard had grown tired of life under Mourinho. He wants to play with flair and spirit rather than under a rigid regime.

The beleaguered Blues boss has tried every trick in the book from allowing Hazard to play in his favoured No 10 role – despite Mourinho feeling he’s better suited to the left wing – to dropping the diminutive star altogether. 

Mourinho talks with Eden Hazard after the Belgian decides he can no longer continue against Leicester

Mourinho talks with Eden Hazard after the Belgian decides he can no longer continue against Leicester

Mourinho has tried everything to get Hazard firing against - including dropping the Belgian altogether

Mourinho has tried everything to get Hazard firing against – including dropping the Belgian altogether

Hazard’s season went from bad to worse on Monday night as the former Lille midfielder was forced off with an injury during his side’s latest Premier League defeat. 

Mourinho seemed frustrated with last season’s PFA Player of the Year for not attempting to play through the pain. 

‘In ten seconds he made the decision himself,’ Mourinho told Sky Sports. ‘It must be a serious injury because he left the pitch straight away.

‘He made the decision he wasn’t in the position to play, so it must be important.

‘His first reaction was “I can’t”, I was going to make the change. His second reaction was “I want to try” but his first steps on the pitch he immediately says “I can’t do it”, so it was him in a few seconds that he had three different perspectives.’

DIEGO COSTA

Despite recently claiming he has an ‘amazing’ relationship with Mourinho, Costa has shown enough disrespect towards his manager so far this season to suggest otherwise. 

Mourinho has struggled to coax Costa into replicating the form that saw him hit 21 goals in his debut season at Stamford Bridge and against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last month, the 27-year-old was seen throwing a bib in his manager’s direction after it became clear he was not going to be called upon as a substitute.

The Chelsea boss was also seen rowing with Costa in September’s win at Maccabi Tel Aviv and criticised his movement as the lone centre forward.

Chelsea frontman Diego Costa jogs out to warm-up during his side's 0-0 draw against Tottenham

Chelsea frontman Diego Costa jogs out to warm-up during his side’s 0-0 draw against Tottenham

Costa theatrically throws his bib in the direction of Mourinho after ending his warm-up at White Hart Lane

Costa theatrically throws his bib in the direction of Mourinho after ending his warm-up at White Hart Lane

The bib sails behind Mourinho's right shoulder but the Chelsea boss seemed oblivious as it flew to the ground

The bib sails behind Mourinho’s right shoulder but the Chelsea boss seemed oblivious as it flew to the ground

‘I wanted him [Costa] to do a certain movement that he didn’t,’ explained Mourinho after Chelsea’s 4-0 victory.

‘I was disappointed and I reacted. He did too.

‘At half-time in the dressing room, a few kisses and a few cuddles. No problem.’

NEMANJA MATIC

Mourinho was forced to deny that he deliberately tried to humiliate Matic when he hauled the midfielder off just 27 minutes after bringing him on as a half-time substitute against Southampton in October.

Matic, who has been out-of-sorts for the vast majority of the season, was left out of Mourinho’s starting line-up for the first time of the season and, with the score level at 1-1, was brought on at half-time to replace Ramires.

Within 27 minutes the visitors had scored twice and Matic suffered the ultimate humiliation of being a sub that was subbed moments after Graziano Pelle had made it 3-1, but Mourinho insisted he was not trying to embarrass the former Benfica man.

Nemanja Matic was withdrawn to make way for Loic Remy with Chelsea 3-1 down against Southampton

Nemanja Matic was withdrawn to make way for Loic Remy with Chelsea 3-1 down against Southampton

Matic takes his place on the bench behind the sullen-faced Mourinho as Cheslea's struggles continued

Matic takes his place on the bench behind the sullen-faced Mourinho as Cheslea’s struggles continued

‘It was not humiliating,’ Mourinho said after Chelsea’s fourth Premier League defeat of the season – more than they suffered in the entire title-winning campaign in 2014-15. ‘It was not the case. I do not do that to anyone, in football and in life.

‘With the players, it is not easy. I like them, I trust them. I know they are good players but some of them are in a difficult moment – Matic is one of them. He is not playing well. He is not sharp defensively. He is making mistakes with the ball and not making the best decisions.

‘I brought him on because even though Ramires did a great job in the first half with [Sadio] Mane, with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I was afraid of a second yellow card and I changed him for Matic.’

OSCAR 

Brazilian midfielder Oscar is often the first player to be dragged off if things aren’t going Chelsea’s way and has struggled to cement a regular starting spot under Mourinho this season. 

Although the pair haven’t publicly fallen out, Oscar’s failure to celebrate his fabulous goal against Swansea on the opening day of the season was a sign of things to come.

Brazilian midfielder Oscar is often the first player to be dragged off if things aren't going Chelsea's way

Brazilian midfielder Oscar is often the first player to be dragged off if things aren’t going Chelsea’s way

The uneasy relationship between Mourinho and Oscar stems from the Portuguese manager’s barbed attack on his midfielder towards the end of last season. 

Asked whether Oscar struggling during Chelsea’s hard-fought victory against Stoke in April, Mourinho said: ‘No, I don’t think he had a bad performance, I just think he was not good enough, which is a huge difference.’

The 24-year-old has also been heavily linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus. 

EVA CARNEIRO/JON FEARN

The controversy over Carneiro goes back to August 8, the opening day of the season, when Mourinho criticised her and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Hazard after being called on by referee Michael Oliver.

The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn ‘impulsive and naive’.

Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and is now seeking a claim for constructive dismissal after parting company with the club.

Mourinho looks on as Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn rush to treat Eden Hazard in August

Mourinho looks on as Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn rush to treat Eden Hazard in August

Carneiro and  Fearn treat  Hazard during Chelsea's 2-2 draw against Swansea earlier this year

Carneiro and Fearn treat Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Swansea earlier this year

Mourinho is now to be the subject of an individual legal claim from Carneiro in addition to the action she is bringing against the club for constructive dismissal.  

The 52-year-old was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an investigation by the Football Association, which caused further controversy after Carneiro revealed she had not been spoken to personally during the investigation, nor asked to provide any statement.

MICHAEL EMENALO

During the summer, Mourinho realised Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo had more power than him, as reported by Sportsmail’s Joe Bernstein.

Chelsea’s policy of loaning two dozen players as a revenue stream while Mourinho had to work with a small first-team squad was not altered. Chelsea were poor during the second half of last season as their players grew fatigued but there was no change in strategy over the summer.

While his Premier League rivals strengthened, Mourinho was left with a weaker squad. Petr Cech departed to Arsenal, players like Juan Cuadrado, Mo Salah and Filipe Luis have come and gone for huge fees, evidently not selected by Mourinho and not played by him.

Emenalo’s chief responsibility is to oversee club transfers and there’s little doubt Mourinho will have felt let down by his colleague as Chelsea are still paying the price for a lack of business in the summer.   

Chelsea technical director Michael Ememalo ignored Mourinho's wish for fresh blood this summer

Chelsea technical director Michael Ememalo ignored Mourinho’s wish for fresh blood this summer

 

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