Chelsea have once again been accused by a former defender of giving up both on and off the field in an effort to speed up another period of change at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s struggles under Antonio Conte are a familiar sight for the team and mirror those of Jose Mourinho when disgruntled players forced a managerial change, claims Frank Leboeuf.
The Blues swept to the Premier League title in 2016-17, but are now struggling to secure a top-four finish and are almost guaranteed to be relegated to a stretch in the Europa League next season.
Mourinho endured a similar dip during his second spell at Stamford Bridge, with several senior stars accused of giving up in order to get the Portuguese sacked. Former Chelsea defender Leboeuf believes history is now repeating itself, with an underperforming side displaying “a lack of respect” to all concerned.
The ex-France international, who spent five years in west London between 1996 and 2001, told SFR Sport: “It’s a lack of respect for the fans and the club, both on the manager’s part, because he’s already packed his bags, but also from the players.
“We saw it with Mourinho, it seemed like some of the players were almost losing on purpose so the manager can get sacked as quickly as possible.”
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