Jose Mourinho is ‘begging for the sack’, according to former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann.
Chelsea’s 0-0 Champions League stalemate with Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday heaped more pressure on the Portuguese boss, who has won three of his opening nine Premier League matches and boasts just four points from a possible nine in Europe.
Mourinho has been fiercely critical of his squad’s performances this term, dropping several players who were influential in guiding the Blues to last season’s Premier League title, including captain John Terry and star-man Eden Hazard.
In his latest rant following the draw in Ukraine, Mourinho branded the referee ‘weak and naive’ for failing to award his side a penalty.
Hamann believes Mourinho is losing the dressing room and compared his situation to that of former Newcastle boss John Carver last season.
“Some of the stuff he [Mourinho] is coming out with at the moment and over recent weeks is not far from a meltdown. It’s John Carver-esque,” Hamann told Talksport.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the owner and what the circumstances are, but to me at times it looks like he’s begging for the sack.
“The thing that worries me about Chelsea is that he seems to be falling out with all the players. If you want to get a reaction from a player and you put him on the bench like he did with [Eden] Hazard the other day, it’s not a problem. But you don’t bring him on in the 89th minute to humiliate him and embarrass him even further.
“And he’s done it with most of the players. [Branislav] Ivanovic has been labelled as a player who hasn’t performed this season, which may be true, but if you do it with one or two players to get a reaction that’s fair enough, but I think he has done it to most of them now.
“If I look into the Chelsea dressing room now, do I think the majority of players would like to see the back of him? Yes, I think they would. He’s upset everybody for no reason.”
Hamann, however, refused to rule out Chelsea retaining the Premier League title but stressed it would be ‘tough’ for the Blues to close the 10-point gap to current leaders Manchester City.
“Things have not been going well but it’s still early in the season. They’ve made a good start in the Champions League, and in the Premier League there is a long way to go. Can they win the league from where they are? It will be very tough, but it’s early doors and you can’t treat top class players like that.”
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