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Chelsea 'dressing room rift' sees players turn on Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas

By Jack de Menezes

Published 16/12/2015

Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea have endured a miserable start to the season
Cesc Fabregas and Chelsea have endured a miserable start to the season

Chelsea’s dismal Premier League season is beginning to take its toll on the dressing room after reports of a rift between the players emerged on Wednesday, with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas appearing to bear the brunt of the criticism.

Monday night’s 2-1 defeat by Leicester has triggered fears for Jose Mourinho’s future as Chelsea manager, with club owner Roman Abramovich due to hold an emergency board meeting today to discuss whether Mourinho needs to be sacked.

However, The Sun reports this morning that the discontent has spread further than the boardroom, with many of the squad believed to be unhappy with the treatment of Costa and Fabregas this season.

Costa has scored just four goals in total and only three in the Premier League – compared to his tally of 12 at this point last year – and he was dropped last month by Mourinho as he elected to start Eden Hazard in a false nine role. Costa’s response was to refuse to warm-up and to throw his bib at Mourinho while making his way to the substitutes’ bench during the 0-0 draw with Spurs.

Certain players are said to be unhappy over Mourinho’s decision not to punish Costa for his act if indiscretion, and matters were not helped when the striker accused Chelsea’s defence for being at fault for Leicester’s opener when he ran back and gestured to them that they had fallen asleep.

Furthermore, it’s added that there is a certain level of discontent over Fabregas’s performances this season, with reports earlier in the season that Fabregas was behind the supposed dressing-room mutiny against Mourinho. The former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder rejected these claims with a public statement, but Mourinho has since dropped the midfielder little more than a year after signing him in a £30m deal from the Nou Camp.

The tensions at Chelsea were made perfectly clear when Mourinho claimed that his players had “betrayed” him in a post-match interview following the Leicester defeat, with the Portuguese deeply unhappy with the players’ inability to convert their training ground improvements into performances during matches.

Having lot nine league matches already this season, the Blues find themselves in a relegation dog fight and are just one point above the drop-zone, with this weekend’s Premier League visit of Sunderland taking on huge significance given defeat could send Mourinho’s side into the bottom three.

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores his side's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates in front of the fans after scoring his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA
Leicester City players celebrate after Riyad Mahrez scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois of Chelsea punches the ball clear during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Diego Costa of Chelsea clashes with Jamie Vardy of Leicester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
A Leicester City fan shows his support for manager Claudio Ranieri in the stands before the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Leicester City's Danny Simpson (left) and Chelsea's Pedro battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (cenrtre) with assistants Rui Faria (left) and Steve Holland on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Chelsea's Diego Costa (centre) battle for the ball for the ball with Leicester City's Wes Morgan (left) and N'Golo Kante during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Chelsea's Diego Costa (right) battles with Leicester City's Wes Morgan (left) and N'Golo Kante during the Barclays Premier League match at The King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (R) vies with Leicester City's English defender Danny Simpson during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 14, 2015.
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) watches the ball by Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 14, 2015.
A worried Jose Mourinho the manager of Chelsea looks on as Eden Hazard of Chelsea leaves the pitch due to injury during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
imited edition packets of Walkers crisps bearing the likeness of Jamie Vardy of Leicester City are seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. The packets of Walkers Crisps have been released in honour of Vardy's record breaking 11 game goal scoring run in the Barclays Premier League. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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