Under-pressure Jose Mourinho has stuck the knife into his Chelsea players again after questioning their lifestyles.
Mourinho, who was in talks with owner Roman Abramovich and the board at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, remains in charge of the ailing champions but reports suggest he could be axed imminently.
The Daily Express claims Mourinho will be sacked if Chelsea lose to Sunderland this weekend, while The Daily Mail reports that Abramovich has already drawn up a shortlist of replacements for the Portuguese tactician.
But Mourinho, who blasted his players for “betraying” him in the defeat at Leicester, has once again rounded on his squad.
“Some of them need to rethink the way they live Chelsea, the way they live football, they live their job,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
“Chelsea is big, football is more than a job, it’s a passion. Every match on the pitch you should live with an unbelievable passion.
“How many millions would love to be football players and they can’t be? You shouldn’t waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything.
“Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others give absolutely everything and don’t deserve to lose.”
The Blues, who according to The Sun are lining up Pep Guardiola for Mourinho’s job, have endured a nightmare season so far and lost for the ninth time in the Premier League at Leicester on Monday to leave them in 16th place.