Chelsea: Mourinho is one game from the sack if you consider the West Brom factor
Chelsea manager has José Mourinho has attacked himself, says the Times. He told a press conference:
“I am not happy with my form. I used to get better results than I am getting now. This is the start of everything. I am not happy with Ivanovic’s form, Cahill’s form, John Terry’s form, Azpilicueta’s form, Fàbregas’s form, Nemanja Matic’s form. No, there is not one [I am happy with]. We have one point from two matches. I am not happy at all with anyone. I am either happy with everybody or not happy with anyone.”
The BBC says the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho “named seven first-team players who have underperformed” in the club’s worst Premier League start in 17 years. Surely not naming them all was a matter of rhetoric rather than a deliberate policy.
But for me, the first thing is that I am not happy with my form. I am going to the gym every day this week to get fitter. Maybe I need to be more active on the touchline, so I need to be fitter. I don’t like to lose or for the players to have a better mentality than I have. So we are not happy.
Since losing to Manchester City, Chelsea have lashed out £43 million on Pedro, who Mourinho calls “one of the best attacking players in the world”, and nippy defender Baba Rahman.
He sees a new formation:
“When you have strikers like we have, why not play with two? When you have fast people like [Kurt] Zouma and Azpilicueta, why not play with three defenders? We are thinking about that. We normally train well, but this week better than ever. Why? Because we are not happy. I am not happy with results, and neither are the players. We want to do better. The only way to do that is to work well, better than ever. You need to be unhappy.”
Here’s a fact for you mull over: six of the past 22 Premier League managers to be dismissed in mid-season faced West Bromwich Albion in their final league game.
Feb 12, 2012 Mick McCarthy (Wolves); lost 5-1 at home to WBA
Mar 3, 2012 André Villas-Boas (Chelsea); lost 1-0 away
Nov 17, 2012 Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea); lost 2-1 away
May 7, 2013 Robert Mancini (Man City); won 1-0 at home
Sept 21, 2013 Paolo Di Canio (Sunderland); lost 3-0 away
Apr 5, 2014 Chris Hughton (Norwich); lost 1-0 at home
Chelsea face West Brom tomorrow.