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Monday 5 December 2016

Mourinho is ruffled

Jose tells 'ostriches' to pull heads out of sand

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is in the midst of the worst period of his trophy-laden career
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is in the midst of the worst period of his trophy-laden career

Under-pressure Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told his Chelsea players to face their problems head on and not to hide like ostriches.

Chelsea will bid to improve on their miserable start to the season - four wins in 11 games in all competitions - against Southampton today

Amid talk of a crisis and suggestions of rifts within the squad, Mourinho is defiant.

"There is an animal that puts its head in the ground... an ostrich," Mourinho said.

"In the bad moments, you cannot do that and just wait for a better moment to come, or for the problems to be resolved by themselves.

"Or waiting for the moon to change and give you better vibrations. You make mistakes, you are in a bad moment, no ostrich (behaviour), (lift your) head up, face the problems, speak, work. For me, this is the way."

Mourinho says players shirking responsibility would be a poor response, but he believes the 2-0 win over Arsenal showed that is not the case with his players.

"Sometimes, players are on the pitch and they are hidden," he added. "It's the worst thing, when you don't want to be there. You lose two or three matches, the next match you play at home and you don't want to be there.

"I think we showed against Arsenal that we don't have that profile. We came against Arsenal in a worse run than now, after defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton."

Meanwhile, former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has broken her silence to insist the FA never requested she make a statement and effectively ignored some evidence in its investigation into alleged remarks made to her by Mourinho.

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