By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho has dismissed talk of player mutiny at Chelsea and claimed all the players believe he is the manager to arrest the team’s decline.
Mourinho listed the names of the players who have spoke of him in glowing terms following the team’s catastrophic start to the season, in which they have lost four of their eight Premier League matches and sit 16th in the table.
Asked about his reaction to reports that there is mutiny in the Stamford Bridge camp, the Chelsea manager said: “My reaction is [Asmir] Begovic (and I’m speaking about the last three or four days) said we had the best manager in the world. [Kurt] Zouma the same. JT (John Terry): we have the manager we want, the one who can help us to revive this situation. Diego Costa: if you ask every player in the world, they will all answer the same, that they’d like to work with three managers and one of them is this one.
“Who else? [Cesc] Fabregas, the same. Ramires, the same. [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, the same. [Gary] Cahill, the same. Eden Hazard, very similar.”
Mourinho then smiled before adding: “So I think the mutiny must be… must be Baba (Rahman), Baba… who else? Papy (Djilobodji)? Falcao? Oscar? So these four don’t play Saturday for sure. Official.”
Chelsea host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday as they target what would be only their third victory in the competition this season.
Mourinho added: “We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves. We know that we are together trying to go back to normality but it is quite sad because people could analyse the situation in pure football terms.
“Let’s try to find the reason why this team is playing badly and why it is not winning matches, without agendas and without unfair comment, because that’s not nice.
“It’s sad but I don’t care really, I don’t care. I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care.”
Mourinho remains convinced that Chelsea will turn their season around.
“We are not afraid to be near the relegation zone, that is completely out of question,” he explained. “We know that in December or January we are not there. We will be closer to the top than to the bottom. We know that for sure. But the reality is we need points, we need to win matches.”