Mourinho denies player revolt at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dimisses reports of a players’ revolt in the dressing room as the English champions prepare for their Champions League group match at home to Dynamo Kiev.

COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 3, 2015) (REUTERS) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho rejected suggestions there was a player revolt against him and dismissed reports that one player would rather lose than play for him as “dishonest.”

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas earlier denied reports that he had fallen out with Mourinho and was behind plans to unseat the manager.

“It’s a very sad accusation because you are accusing players, or one player, of dishonesty,” Mourinho told reporters on Tuesday (November 3) before the Champions League Group G match against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge.

“If I accuse you of being a dishonest journalist, I think you would be very upset and probably you would take legal action. It is a question for the players not for me.”

Mourinho said the players were united in their efforts to improve results which have left the Premier League champions 15th in the table with three wins from their opening 11 matches.

Mourinho said he knew why their form had been so bad, but would not elaborate.

“It’s a combination of factors and some of them I don’t want to touch them, but yes I know,” he said.

Mourinho refused to talk about his future or whether he had talked to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich but the Portuguese said he was more than able to handle club’s current problems.

“Yesterday a friend sent me some quotes of my press conference after the Champions League final in May 2004 and I completely forget it,” Mourinho said. “So in May 2004 in the Champions League press conference I told that one day in my career bad results will come and I told that in 2004 after winning the Champions League final with Porto. One day in my career the bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I’m facing now that I’m European champion, May 2004.

“So, 11 years later I resisted well to the nature of my job. I resisted well to the nature of football, 11 years waiting for this. So it took time but come in a moment where I’m stable and strong to face it.”

Fabregas denied suggestions of a rift with Mourinho, accusing “certain individuals from outside” of trying to destabilise the club and refuting reports that he is leading an alleged dressing-room revolt.

Chelsea captain John Terry also had a meeting with reporters on Tuesday and said the reports were ridiculous and that all of the players were behind the manager.

“It’s going to take a dressing room that stays together and sticks together. I think what we’ve seen the last kind of two or three days, for me, ridiculous stories with what’s happening within the club, within the dressing room,” Terry said. “I can assure you now that the players are 100 percent, 100 percent behind the manager. We’re together and I think anyone who has been at the last four or five games of ours will see a turning in the way we’ve been playing. So as I said before, we’ll hold our hands up, the first part of the season we weren’t good enough.

“I think the last four games we’ve been extremely unlucky not to come away with a couple of wins with how things have gone and I’m positive and I’m sure that we’re on the up, and on the turn, and we will turn things around.

“But as I say together is the most important thing and we stay together in that dressing room.

“In my whole football career I’ve never heard a player come out with those words (‘I’d rather lose than win for that manager’) in the whole of my football career; whether it’s been going bad or really bad etc. It’s ridiculous that I actually have to sit here and talk about it.

“Listen, you normally get things when teams are going through a difficult period like we are at the moment, you know, small minor things. When it’s like that it hurts because people are fighting. I’ve seen players’ faces, the disappointment after results and us feeling that we’ve let the club down, let the manager down, let the fans down etc.

“A player wouldn’t get out of the dressing room would they? Let’s be honest, if players heard that amongst ourselves it wouldn’t go down too well would it?”

Chelsea, third in Champions League Group G with four points from three games, play Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday (November 4).