Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is so worried about his side leaking so many goals so far this season that he has told his squad that they are all defenders, The Sun reports.
The defending Premier League champions have already conceded seven goals in their opening three games this term, but the 52-year-old is refusing to lay the blame solely on his back four.
“You cannot blame defenders for goals conceded. A team is a team. A good team defends as a team,” he said.
“I worked the team. You have to defend as a team. We did other tactical aspects to try and improve the team, but I didn’t just work the defenders.
“We have to keep going, improving. We know we can improve and will improve. We’ll try and get a good result.
“This is the Premier League so, when you are five points behind the leader in another league that can be complicated. In the Premier League, it’s not complicated.”
Chelsea’s cause has not been helped with both John Terry AND Thibaut Courtois receiving their marching orders during the opening exchanges of the season.
And Mourinho has revealed that he has been drilling his squad in games of 10v11 this week in training.
“The most important thing of this start to the season is that it’s not normal that, in three matches, you have two penalties against and play with 10 men twice.
“That’s the thing that immediately comes to the mind of someone analysing the situation.
“Apart from that, one match at home, two away, four points… it’s not what we want, but four points is not a drama.”
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