Jose Mourinho left feeling ‘betrayed’ by his players after Chelsea fall to Leicester

first_imgJose Mourinho admitted he felt ‘betrayed’ by his players after Chelsea slumped to another defeat at Leicester on Monday night.The Blues lost their ninth game of the season at the King Power Stadium, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scoring to keep up the Foxes’ remarkable run of form.Chelsea, who grabbed a consolation through Loic Remy, are now just a point above the relegation zone and a staggering 20 points behind Claudio Ranieri’s leaders.It has been a disastrous season for the champions and Mourinho blasted his players for ignoring his orders in his post-match press conference.After admitting he feels ‘ashamed’ by their lowly position, he said: “One of my best qualities is that I can read the game and identify the strengths of the opponent and tell my players what they are. So it is a big frustration to accept the goals because my work was betrayed, if that is the right word.“I worked four days on this match. I prepared everything related to the opponent. I identified four movements where they scored almost all their goals.“My players got all that information, you can ask them, they are honest guys who will tell you it is true. But in the situations I identify, we concede the first and second goal. The mistakes were there.“But Leicester fought with everything and defended with everything and they deserved it.” Chelsea’s fall from grace is remarkable – they stand 16th in the table – and Mourinho offered an explanation that asked fresh questions of his players.“One possibility is that I did an amazing job last season and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can’t maintain it,” he said.Eden Hazard limped off with a hip injury during the first half and despite Mourinho encouraging him to play on, the Belgian appeared to dismiss his boss before walking off down the tunnel.On Hazard’s injury, the Portuguese said: “In 10 seconds, Hazard made the decision to come off himself. It must be something serious.”Asked if Chelsea were out of the race for the top four, he replied: “Yes, clearly.”last_img

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