By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes

Jose Mourinho has questioned the professionalism of underperforming Chelsea players as he fights to save his job.

The Portugese turned his attention to the issue of the lifestyles of his squad in the wake of their ninth Premier League defeat of the season on Monday night at the hands of Leicester.

Chelsea are marooned in 16th place in the Premier League table, just one place above the relegation zone.

Speaking to Chelsea TV on Wednesday, Mourinho said: “Some of them need to rethink how the way they live Chelsea, they live football, they live their job.

“Chelsea is big, football is more than a job, it’s a passion. I think every match on the pitch you should live with an unbelievable passion.

“How many millions would love to be football players and they can’t be? You shouldn’t waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything.

“Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others they give absolutely everything.”

As revealed by Football InsiderRoman Abramovich has told the Chelsea hierarchy to begin the search for a new manager.

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The Chelsea owner is ready to dispense with Mourinho after leading talks with the Chelsea board over the last 24 hours.

The Portugese lashed out at his players in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at Leicester by accusing them of “betrayal” for failing to follow his instructions.

It was the latest in a series of public criticisms made of his squad by Mourinho, who has pointed the finger at a number of his big-name flops this season.