By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Redknapp has slammed Oscar for “sulking” in a no-holds-barred assessment of the underperforming Chelsea players.
The former Tottenham manager is convinced that Jose Mourinho has been let down by his squad 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.
Now Redknapp has pointed the finger at the players who have failed to deliver during an extended run of catastrophic performances.
“It is the top players who won Chelsea the Premier League last season and it is those same players who may well end up getting him the sack,” Redknapp told the London Evening Standard. “What should really happen is the players get the sack for underperforming but that will never happen. But the players simply haven’t done the jobs they are paid huge sums to do.
“Diego Costa has not scored enough goals. Cesc Fabregas has not created enough chances. Eden Hazard has not dictated games often enough.
““Branislav Ivanovic was one of the best right-backs in the League and now, suddenly, he is way off the pace. What is Oscar doing these days? Sulking?
Chelsea are marooned in 16th place in the Premier League table, just one place above the relegation zone.
Redknapp added: “What’s happened there is remarkable but it just goes to show that whoever they are, a manager is only as good as his players.
“Managers get overhyped when they are successful and receive too much criticism when they aren’t. There are always one or two who can improve the fortunes of smaller clubs but at the top end you are reliant on your best players delivering every week.”
Speaking to Chelsea TV on Wednesday, Mourinho made it clear he was unhappy with the lifestyles of some of the Chelsea flops.
“Some of them need to rethink how the way they live Chelsea, they live football, they live their job,” said the Portugese. “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 Insider, Roman Abramovich has told the Chelsea hierarchy to begin the search for a new manager.
The Chelsea owner is ready to dispense with Mourinho after leading talks with the Chelsea board over the last 48 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.