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'I'd rather lose than win for Mourinho': New Chelsea dressing-room claims are remarkable

BBC presenter claims Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Eden Hazard is ‘under immense strain’.

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE presenter Garry Richardson has claimed that an unnamed Chelsea player has said he’d ‘rather lose than win for Mourinho’.

Speaking on the station’s ‘Sportsweek’ show earlier this morning, Richardson identified his source as being a ‘football contact’ before detailing how the Premier League club’s dressing-room seems to be in disarray.

“Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story”, Richardson began.

“My information comes from a Chelsea first team player. The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.

Britain Soccer Premier League It's been a particularly tough week for Eden Hazard. Scott Heppell / AP/Press Association Images Scott Heppell / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.

Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently, “I’d rather lose than win for him”. Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.”

Hazard hasn’t scored for Chelsea this season. He has already been dropped earlier in the campaign while this week has been especially tough on him – missing a crucial penalty in the Capital One Cup shootout loss to Stoke before being replaced after 59 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

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