Mourinho: “Chelsea players at same level as Sunderland”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sound a strong note of warning to his Chelsea stars not to see themselves as ‘superstars’ – and he also let them know they must humble themselves when they play Sunderland because they are of same level.

Meanwhile Cesc Fabregas had issued a response to Mourinho’s “betrayal” remarks by stating that entire squad is responsible for Chelsea’s downfall this season.

Their latest defeat at the hands of the league Leaders Leicester City (2-1), made it their ninth loss of the season and kept them just a point above the relegation spot as they prepare to host Sunderland at Stamford bridge on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho thinks that Chelsea’s Problem cannot be solved by spending hugely in the next month’s winter transfer window, but he feels the players has lost their pride and must regain it by first admitting they are on the same level as Sunderland.

Mourinho said “My board, I don’t think it’s right I go to them and say these players are not good. We need to spend £50million or £100million or whatever, I don’t think it’s fair.

“We have these players and it is with these players that we have to go and the players that are not performing well must feel, for sure they must feel, attacked in their pride and their self esteem.

“And they have to do everything to get results in a humble way because I don’t think in this moment the players can feel they are top players or they can feel they are superstars. I don’t think they can.

“They have to look at the Leicester boys and to feel these are the stars, these are the top players. I think they have to look to them and be humble.

“They have to look to Sunderland next weekend and Watford, who we play in the next two games, and say ‘Eh, we are at the same level. I am not the superstar, I am not the player of the season, I am not the world champion, I am not the Premier League champion. At this moment, I am at your level.”

Mourinho also said “The players have to put their feet on the ground and be humble. I am totally attacked in my pride because I consider myself a very good professional.”

“We have to be humble. This is very important in this moment because in this moment we are where Sunderland is and below Watford.’’