Thierry Henry questions the pride of under-performing Chelsea players
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Thierry Henry has questioned the pride and professionalism of the Chelsea players in the wake of their ninth Premier League defeat of the season.
Jose Mourinho’s future is once again in doubt after the champions slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday night.
The under-fire manager turned the spotlight on the players afterwards when he accused them of “betrayal” for failing to follow his instructions.
Chelsea are marooned in 16th in the table after their ninth league loss in just 16 matches this season just seven months after lifting the title with an almost unchanged squad.
Former Arsenal striker Henry has admitted that he has found himself agreeing with the viewpoint of Mourinho.
Speaking at a Facebook event in London on Tuesday, the TV pundit said: “It seems like it’s difficult for them and yes, you can have a go at the boss, but I also think you can have a massive go at the players at the moment.
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“I think it is time for the players to be professional about it, where is your pride?
“People are having a go at Mourinho, whether you like him or not, that’s a different story. People are saying: ‘Did he lose the dressing room? Did he not? Is it the tactics? Is it the right players? Is it [Kurt] Zouma? Is it [John] Terry? Should he start with this or that?’
“For me, Chelsea having a bad season is finishing fifth. But they have lost nine games so far, nine games. I never thought I would be saying that and we are not even half way through the season. I just don’t get it.”
Henry, who was sat alongside former Gunners colleague Fabregas at the Facebook event, highlighted some of Mourinho’s conduct but stressed that was no excuse for the continued failure of the Chelsea players to perform.
He said: “The doctor situation, Mourinho with the referees, I always try to defend players to an extent, but I am sorry with the quality in that team, whether you play 4-4-2, 4-3-3 or 4-5-1, how can you not beat Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and it’s no disrespect to any of those teams, at your place at the very least.
“Both of them are in a situation that I don’t know what it is like because I’ve never been in that situation like that. Cesc said it, we had bad seasons at Arsenal, but we managed to finish high up.”