Yet another defeat for Chelsea and this season must feel like a nightmare from which Jose Mourinho can’t wake up.
He’s never had a run like this in his professional career and he probably won’t have one like it again.
And, after the Leicester defeat, he finally turned on his players:
“One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed,”
“One possibility is that I did an amazing job last season and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can’t maintain it.”
“Day by day in training I have no complaints with [players]. But it is frustrating to see what they are doing in training and what they do in matches.”
The Chelsea boss usually deflects any criticism of his players but now, with the domestic season in tatters he has publicly slated them.
And rightly so. Leicester are a good side playing to their absolute potential. But they shouldn’t frighten teams like Chelsea who, let’s face it, were never really in this contest.
We can’t help but sense that something else has gone on behind the scenes and the players aren’t with the boss as they have been in previous years.
Perhaps it was the treatment of Eva Carneiro. Or perhaps it was another incident.
Whatever the situation Jose needs to get his Chelsea lads together – take them for a game of golf or a weekender to Dubai – and have a heart to heart about what’s going on. Have a frank discussion with everyone involved.
It’s the only way that we can see things improving.