Ruud Gullit knows a thing or two about struggling to manage under-performing Chelsea players, so who better to comment on the club’s current woes?
The Blues are currently enduring their worst-ever start to a Premier League season after losing seven of their opening 12 fixtures, as well as exiting the League Cup on penalties to Stoke City.
And with speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s position, Gullit, who managed Chelsea himself between 1996 and 1998, claims that parallels can be drawn between Jose Mourinho’s embattled team and former golf world No1 Tiger Woods.
He told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday:
“It’s like Tiger Woods.
“In the beginning everybody who was standing with Tiger Woods knew already that they had lost the game.
Now people see him and Chelsea and think: “We can beat them.
“They lost that aura of invincibility. They lost it. You can feel it. You can sense it. The players sense it also that the opposition is not afraid of you any more.
“To get that back you get it only by results.”
Gullit also insisted that it’s time for the Chelsea manager to to accept he has made his fair share of mistakes along the way at the start of their title defence.
He explained: “’In Holland there is a saying.
“Mourinho he has to drink the last drop of the cup of poison. To the last drop. If the last drop is done then things will change. I think he is the only one who can change it.
He can change it. If he would have said after the last game: ‘I’m wrong. I didn’t need to do that. I was emotional. You’re right. I should have this punishment.’ Then everyone would forgive him.
“In the past when the team won with Mourinho, it was Mourinho who won. When they lost, it was Mourinho who lost.
“All of a sudden this year, he was blaming the players. Now it was Mourinho who won and the players who lost. That was a bit of a difference I saw.
“He was criticising his players. Beforehand he always guarded his players. Protected them.”