Chelsea morning news: Ivanovic slams Serbia team-mates; Morata on Mourinho

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Chelsea pairing Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic have slammed their Serbian team-mates after defeat to Denmark in Belgrade.

The home side took an early lead through Zoran Tosic but gradually tailed off. Eventually a brace from Nicklas Bendtner and a goal from Simon Kjaer saw Denmark win the game 3-1.

And the Chelsea pair were not best pleased with the efforts of those around them:

Ivanovic said:

"We see ourselves as big stars and always think we are better than others and that's a very bad attitude."

"The players are obviously unaware what it means to put on a Serbia shirt and play for the national team. This has been going on for years and we can't carry on like that."

Meanwhile Matic blamed the lack of a clear long-term vision for the problems in the Serbia camp:

"We have to be realistic and adopt a 10-year plan like most top teams do. Belgium are a good example as they went through a long barren spell and are now one of the most feared teams in Europe."

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has laid a thinly veiled accusation at the door of Jose Mourinho, suggesting the Chelsea boss might have pushed Spain to leave Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas out of the squad for upcoming games against Belarus and Germany.

Morata, who played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, told the press in Spain:

“I don’t know what’s happened there. Mourinho is hard in every way and has a lot of character.

“He certainly pushes things to his benefit.”

England under-19's defeated Italy last night, winning 3-0. And all three goals came from Chelsea players. Izzy Brown bagged a brace while Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the third in a comfortable win for the Young Lions.

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