As Sarri can't motivate Chelsea players, Mourinho said it all in 2015
- Back in 2015, Mourinho raised the issue of lack of motivation among the Chelsea squad.
- He insisted there are not many born champions.
- Those who don't win consistently are let down by a poor attitude.
- Jose threatened to play with kids but was sacked first.
Maurizio Sarri runs out of words at times to describe his bewilderment at Chelsea's lack of fluency and understanding on the pitch. He's even tried to speak Italian at one of recent post match press conferences but the message just can't get across.
Here's what Jose Mourinho said in what was his final season at Stamford Bridge in 2015: ''There are two sorts of champions. There are champions who win something and there are lots of them, but there are the other champions who during their career they win one, two, three, four, five, 10 or 20 titles.
''In this club, we have 25 champions from last year, but champions, serial champions, in this squad, how many do we have? John Terry, John Obi Mikel and Branislav Ivanovic are serial champions. Almost every season they have something in the pocket.
''We don’t need to learn how to play football, we need to learn how to be consistent again. Clearly it’s an attitude perspective of some individuals and when you have individuals with that unstable attitude in terms of motivation, desire and commitment, you will pay.
''Of course, it’s very difficult to win every season, especially in a country like England or the Premier League, but you can be a serial champion in your approach and your attitude.''
Jose even threatened his players: ''But if the season goes in one direction that it becomes closed and we can’t win, I will just go with the kids. It makes no sense when you have nothing to win to play the older players. I’ll play the players we’re waiting for instead.
''I can arrive in a moment where I will look to the kids and say ‘let’s go, non-stop’. I am ruthless. But at the moment everything is open.''