Mourinho says Chelsea’s big-club status will come at risk if supporters accept defeats

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that the Blues will lose their big-club status, should the fans start accepting defeats. The west London giants have made an average beginning to the season under new manager Frank Lampard and they are currently 11th on the table with just eight points on the board.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Mourinho said that the Blues supporters must not get used to appreciating the performances from the players when the team has not delivered the desired results. He added that such a trend would mean that the Blues are no longer an elite club in the English top-flight, he told: “I hope they don't get used to losing, that's the important thing, when you start accepting defeats just because your team play well and your players gave it their best, in terms of their application and commitment.

I think when you get used to it, big clubs stop being big clubs.”
There have been plenty of positives from the attacking point of view under Lampard and the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have stepped up to the plate. However, there has been a disappointment at the backend of the field where they have failed to keep a single clean sheet during the current campaign.

This has resulted from the constant change of personnel due to injury concerns and Andreas Christensen and Emerson were the recent casualties during the Premier League defeat to Liverpool. The Blues will shift their focus to the League Cup on Wednesday night where they are scheduled to face Grimsby Town in the League Cup third round.

The game may witness Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James make their maiden appearances of the season after recovering from the respective injuries. Christian Pulisic could also make a comeback after remaining on the bench for the past three matches.