Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has threatened his squad by suggesting that he isn’t afraid of selling those that continue to under-perform.
The Premier League champions have made a disastrous start to the season, with Crystal Palace inflicting a second loss of the campaign on them on Saturday.
That has undoubtedly left Mourinho frustrated and angry, and he has in turn sent his players a warning about their performances moving forward.
“If a player is not performing, there are two ways to look at it,” he said, according to Sky Sports.
“The first one is that I trust the player so much that I will wait for the improvement. You wait, wait, and wait and maybe it comes or it doesn’t come.
“Or, even when you are trusting the player, (there) arrives a moment when you think, ‘I have to change’. And I can go both ways.”
While little is likely to be changed in the next couple of days, Mourinho was arguably referring to their future in January and next summer.
The Portuguese tactician was left disappointed in his pursuits of Paul Pogba and John Stones, and so he will have to rely on the players that he was discussing to get him through this difficult period of poor form.