Defender of London “Chelsea” Branislav Ivanovic came to the defense of the former head coach of “aristocrats” Jose Mourinho, who in December dismissed after a poor start to the season.

“José has not changed. He was preparing for matches, as before. His attitude towards us remained the same. He did not change, – quotes the words of Serb Goal – In football, it’s all in the players. The coaches are not out on the field. This is a game of 11 on 11. You must be better than his opponent, and in the beginning of the season we were worse. Players should bear much of the responsibility for the outcome than the coach.

I think if Roman Abramovich could change all of us, he would have done it. But in football it is not easy to change during the season to 25 players.

We couldn’t understand why everything goes wrong. No one in the club knew it. Brilliantly we ended last season, won the title. And we knew how difficult it was to do it.

Jose said that the most difficult season – the year after the victory, because we all have additional motivation. We were ready for it, but started poorly and lost control of his game,” said 32-year-old defender.

The Portuguese was dismissed on 17 December after the team lost nine of 16 matches in the Premier League. The acting head coach of “Chelsea” became Guus Hiddink, under whom “the aristocrats” is not lost in the last 11 matchdays in a row in the Premier League.

The Chelsea player word supported Mourinho, who was sent into retirement after the championship season 05.03.2016

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