Mourinho is 'damaging' to Chelsea players - Filipe Luis

By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza

Filipe Luis has accused Jose Mourinho of “damaging” certain players in his squad with his conduct.

The former Chelsea left-back, who returned to Atletico Madrid after only one season in England, also claims that he looks back on his short spell with the Premier League club as a “personal triumph”.

Mourinho has been publicly critical of several players that have failed to hit the heights of last season, including Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic.

Luis accepts that some players respond well to a public scrutiny but says others can be affected negatively.

“He has his way of talking to the press, especially when the team loses, which can sometimes be damaging to certain players,” Luis told Yahoo Sports. “Some players benefit from criticism but for others they don’t.”

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“Sometimes he’s right and sometimes he’s not. Sometimes people think what he says is absurd and sometimes they agree with him. It’s the way he is and the way he works – I see it as normal.”

Luis arrived at Chelsea from Atletico in the summer of 2014 for £16million after helping the La Liga outfit to the Spanish title but failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.

He made only 15 Premier League appearances and played second fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta for most of the campaign.

“I didn’t have the chance [to play] in the first match of the league season and the opportunity to play in the first game is key for players at a new club – that made everything more difficult.

“I consider my time with Chelsea a personal triumph. In one year I won two titles – one being the Premier League. I have a trophy at home that not many people have and in possibly the most competitive league in the world.”