Former Chelsea skipper Marcel Desailly believes players have revolted against Jose Mourinho

Mourinho Dugout

Desailly became the first figure well connected to the club to suggest that there has been a player-orchestrated campaign to remove Jose Mourinho.

Despite their wholly inconsistent form, which sees Premier League champions Chelsea languishing all the way down in 15th position after 11 games; the message coming out of Chelsea has been incredibly consistent in recent days.

Mourinho will not be sacked. There are no unhappy players. The club is pulling together.

And yet one former Chelsea legend isn't convinced at the party line, and has gone public with his opinion that there must have been a player revolt in West London.

That legend is former Stamford Bridge skipper Marcel Desailly, who told French media company beIN Sports that he is utterly certain that some Chelsea superstars must have clashed with their celebrated manager.

"It's obvious that something has happened," the Frenchman said.

"There is a clique somewhere. The first game they played, the substitution of John Terry during the game and other small elements.

"Sometimes you cannot explain what is going on, it is just that the collective capacity of Chelsea is not there anymore."

Chelsea supporters will no doubt be concerned with their former skipper's statement, and it is the first time somebody so well connected to the club has voiced the opinion that Mourinho's grasp on power may be slipping.

Earlier in the week, Frank Lampard denied such an accusation, whilst Mourinho has repeatedly gone on record to argue that his players are all stood firmly behind him.

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