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Mourinho rejects talk of dressing room mutiny

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mourinho convinced he has the backing of his players
Mourinho convinced he has the backing of his players

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has rejected claims that his players have turned against him after their disastrous start to the season.

Reports in the London Evening Standard suggested Chelsea's players had lost faith with Mourinho ahead of Saturday's game against Aston Villa, but the Blues boss dismissed those reports.

"I don't care really. I spoke with the players about it and the players are also sad about it, but there is no way to care. It's sad," Mourinho told talkSPORT.

"We know what we are, we know the relationships between ourselves. We know that we are trying to go back to normality together, 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.

"In the last three or four days, Asmir Begovic said 'we had the best manager in the world'. Kurt Zouma the same.

"John Terry said 'we have the manager we want; the one who can help us to revive this situation'.

"Diego Costa said '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. Loftus-Cheek; the same. Cahill; the same. Eden Hazard, very similar."

Mourinho will get another chance to silence his critics this weekend, as his side go in search of a vital win against struggling Villa at Stamford Bridge.