Jose Mourinho’s attack on his Chelsea players after Monday’s defeat at Leicester was fuelled by suspicion that one of them had leaked his team against Porto.
The Times exclusively reveals that Mourinho’s post-match “betrayal” rant this week was pre-planned after his team selection for the Champions League clash with Porto was revealed to his former club.
The Times’ Deputy Football Correspondent Matt Hughes claims that Mourinho’s comments “stemmed from his suspicion that one of them had leaked details of his team selection” last week.
There is no suggestion of who the Chelsea ‘mole’ could be, but the report adds that Mourinho feels he was “undermined” by one of his own players in a game which Chelsea went on to win 2-0 to move into the last-16 of the competition.
Mourinho, whose final season at Real Madrid in 2013 featured similar stories of leaked team news, dropped Cesc Fabregas in favour of Ramires against Porto – not that Fabregas has been suggested as the source of the leak.
The Spain midfielder has been accused of leading a revolt against Mourinho earlier this season, but the former Arsenal midfielder came out and spoke positively about his boss and laid the blame for Chelsea’s disastrous season firmly with the players.
Still Mourinho, through a friend from his time in Portugal, found out that Porto were already aware of his team and concluded that the leak must have come from within because of his meticulous instruction to players of not telling even family members of agents of his team selections.