A memorable post-match interview from Jose Mourinho in 2015 has been doing the rounds again following the 6-0 hammering Chelsea received at the hands of Manchester City yesterday.
Sergio Aguero bagged a record-tying 11th Premier League hat-trick, Raheem Sterling struck twice and Ilkay Gundogan got on the scoresheet to take City back to the top of the table and add further pressure on Maurizio Sarri.
And with there being genuine fears that Chelsea could be about to dismiss another manager, a clip of Mourinho’s monologue has resurfaced.
It happened after a 3-1 home defeat to Southampton left the reigning champions in 16th place, two months before Mourinho was given his marching orders at Stamford Bridge for a second time.
“The whole speech lasts seven minutes in total and a lot of what he says still applies to today.
“I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club,” Mourinho stated.
“If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager that this club has had.
“Secondly, the message is again the message of bad results [means] the manager is guilty. And this is the message that not just these players, but the others ones before, they got during a decade.
“I think this is a moment for everybody to assume responsibilities. I assume my responsibilities, the players should assume their responsibilities, there are other people in the club that should also assume their responsibilities, and to stick together. This is what I want.”
While the Portuguese ultimately failed at Manchester United, things haven’t exactly improved much at Chelsea. Antonio Conte won the league in impressive fashion but things went wrong in the second season and Roman Abramovich drafted Sarri in.
It was nice and rosy to begin with, the Blues keeping up the pace with City and Liverpool at the top of the table and remaining unbeaten until the 3-1 defeat against Spurs in November.
They recovered to beat City at home in December but form since has plummeted with losses to Leicester, Arsenal, Bournemouth and now City.
And after such a spineless showing at the Etihad, Jamie Carragher slammed Sarri in his post-match analysis, claiming all the former Napoli boss had done was bring them to the level of a poor Arsenal side.
“Disgraceful, this is as bad as anything,” Carragher said.
“He’s [Maurizio Sarri] turned Chelsea into the Arsenal team that used to get battered for the last seven, eight years away from home in big games because they’re so weak.
“You never say that about Chelsea no matter what has gone on, but they have been weak. We’re watching a really weak football team here.”
Can Sarri turn things around at Chelsea or will we soon see another managerial change in West London?
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