When Real Madrid were beaten by Sevilla, José Mourinho was candid with the state of his team (via ESPN FC):
I worry about my team. That is my concern rather than points. At this moment I have no team. It is about a state of mind and of two or three who aren't thinking like the rest. They are the minds of players which are not committed and for whom football is not a priority in their lives.
Focus on the following: "It is about a state of mind and of two or three who aren't thinking like the rest."
Three days later, Mourinho benched Sergio Ramos and Mesut Özil against Manchester City. Therefore, one can assume that those two players are in his bad books.
Players who alienate Mourinho generally are frozen out.
During Adrian Mutu's time with Chelsea, he contemplated assaulting Mourinho (via BBC Sport):
I have to admit that in the heat of our confrontation I did actually threaten Mourinho about what would happen if he ever went to Romania. In a moment of total madness, I almost hit him, too.
Chuck in a substance abuse problem and Mutu was out of London in a flash.
Adriano, Julio Cruz and Mario Balotelli all acted out of line and all received the cold shoulder from Mourinho.
Whatever problem he has with Özil, the Portuguese manager needs to swallow his pride.
Who is the best player at Real Madrid? Cristiano Ronaldo.
Who combines with him the best? Özil.
There's the No. 1 reason why the German should start every game.
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