Papers claim ‘all-out war’ at Chelsea could lead to Mourinho axe

Diego Costa: Treatment by Mourinho 'causing friction' at Chelsea

Diego Costa: Treatment by Mourinho 'causing friction' at Chelsea

Mounting tensions at Chelsea between Jose Mourinho and his players could lead to the axe falling on the Blues boss, claim several morning newspapers.

Diego Costa’s perceived preferential treatment from Mourinho is among the many factors causing ‘friction’ amongst the squad, according to reports.

The Chelsea crisis dominates the back pages on Wednesday morning, with The Sun saying that ‘Chelsea’s flops are turning on boss Jose Mourinho and each other’, while the Daily Mirror claim that Mourinho ‘has told his players he should have sold them in the summer’.


What unites both reports is talk of Costa’s treatment going down badly with other members of the squad. The Sun say there is ‘anger’ that he ‘got away with chucking his substitute’s bib in Mourinho’s direction’, while his ‘sleeping’ gesture against Leicester has not been received well.

Meanwhile, the Mirror use the word ‘friction’ to describe a situation in which ‘some squad members are believed to feel the striker gets away with things others should not be allowed to, including turning up overweight for pre-season’.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say ‘there is a toxic dressing room now’ and suggests a meeting will take place between owner Roman Abramovich and the Chelsea board on Wednesday which could lead to the club taking the decision to remove Mourinho as Chelsea manager.

Cesc Fabregas, meanwhile, has told Chelsea players to start earning their money and drag the club out of the lower reaches of the Premier League.