Jose Mourinho accuses ‘stupid’ ex-players
Jose Mourinho believes there is a lack of respect shown towards his Chelsea players.The Blues went out of the Capital One Cup on penalties at Stoke after Loic Remy cancelled out Jon Walters' opener.
Eden Hazard missed the decisive spot-kick for Chelsea, with the holders going out of the competition in the fourth round.
It continues a disappointing run for the Premier League champions but Mourinho had nothing but praise for his players - and said they showed their doubters what they are made of.
He said: "What some people write and say is really bad for the players.
"What the players did tonight is face some people that write and speak, and said: "You are stupid".'
"Maybe they think my players are like them when they were players. My players don't do that, they tried everything.
"If anyone saw the second half the other day, playing with 10 men the way they did, it's a lack of respect for the players."
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Mourinho admitted his side deserved much more from the encounter - and the feeling in the dressing room is one of complete frustration.
"It's difficult. It's more difficult when you play bad & lose than play well and lose. We go with sadness but a positive feeling.
"We played so well. This first half could finish the game at half-time. Then second half, goal, and they keep going.
"A few months ago I won a few matches and I was champion. People were saying there are things more important than results. Now, people say results are the most important thing. It's a contradiction."