Jose Mourinho implied that he believes several of his players were guilty of arrogance following their 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend.
Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, David Luiz and Eden Hazard are the players most likely to face the manager’s axe in the coming games according to the Express and for good reason as they were dreadful at St James’ Park, and haven’t been on-form for some time before that either.
Mourinho told reporters at yesterday’s press conference:
“You cannot think you win games just because you have the nice shirt. If you think like that, you’re in trouble.”
“You can never forget why you are winning. Maybe we forgot at Newcastle. Our mentality was not the best. They think they win just because they are good.”
The loss came after a good run of results in which selection has been debated many times but wasn’t an issue whilst Chelsea were putting points on the board, it’s at the difficult times when Mourinho will learn the most about his side and both his reaction as well as the squad’s will determine whether or not they’re contenders.
I believe Chelsea will likely finish in the top two this season with Manchester City being the biggest threat to Mourinho’s side. It could go down to the wire so the smallest of things could prove vital by the time May rolls around and the manager will have to work out what is his best side soon.
When he returned to Stamford Bridge the Portuguese coach spoke of a his approach as if he was going to employ a system of meritocracy but that hasn’t always been the case as some of the players under the spotlight after Saturday’s game have been in the side regardless of form for some weeks now.
Mourinho has rotated his side to a fair degree but not in all areas as Frank Lampard has played too often and looks dead on his feet as a result whilst Cole and Branislav Ivanovic haven’t been good enough for Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand to be completely out of the picture.
David Luiz has regressed from last season, doesn’t look happy and there are mutterings over his team mates being unimpressed by his attitude so there’s potential for problems there. I hope the Brazilian isn’t made a complete scapegoat as he can sometimes be as it isn’t as simple as one player not having a good day but to find the right balance with the players you have.
Anyway, Mourinho isn’t happy and I’m sure he has let the guilty parties know exactly what he thinks as he’ll be keen for Chelsea to bounce back quickly.