Cruyff spoke ahead of the Blues' crucial Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie with Paris Saint-Germain, who lead 3-1 after last week's comfortable home victory, per Joe Wright of Goal.com:
PSG have a strong team with some great players. Chelsea have some great players as well, but Mourinho seems to disagree.
It's always the same with him. When things are going well, it's the result of his good work, but the players are to blame when things are going badly. He already lost the dressing room at Real Madrid because of that and I can see the same happen at Chelsea.
Cruyff also went on to claim Mourinho "only cares about results" and "the result is more important than his players," citing he prioritises the "short-term."
The former Barcelona manager's damning words come after a string of outbursts by Mourinho. He has continued to criticise his players in recent times, despite downplaying Chelsea's chances of silverware by outlining them as a "little horse."
Mourinho's most recent frustration was shown after the initial match against PSG, in which his forwards failed to influence the game. Fernando Torres was dropped before the match, with Mourinho opting to start Andre Schurrle as his most advanced player, instead of an out-and-out striker.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail reported Mourinho's comments after the match:
I’m not happy with my strikers’ performances so I had to try things. And with Andre at least I know we have one more player to have the ball, one more player to associate with the other players, even though he’s not a striker.
But football is not just about that. It’s also about scoring goals, getting behind, and that is for strikers. Real strikers.
This negative review came just a few weeks after Mourinho was secretly filmed mocking Samuel Eto'o's age and saying, "The problem with Chelsea is I lack a striker," per The Telegraph.
Mourinho is famous for taking the spotlight off his players and focusing media attention on himself with memorable quotes, but as the campaign has developed, his public responses have changed dramatically. His post-PSG dig at Torres was noticed by many, including Ketil B. Stensrud of the Associated Press:
Whether Mourinho's harsh words are a cry to his board for squad reinforcements remains to be seen. He is clearly hunting a world-class striker—perhaps Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, per Marc Williams of The Independent—suggesting this could be his way of coaxing Roman Abramovich into spending.
The manager's continued annoyance at his strikers isn't going to galvanise confidence ahead of the second leg with PSG. Although Chelsea just need a 2-0 win to advance, a result that will be dependent on the output of his front men, Mourinho's glum attitude seems to throw in the towel before his players even step onto the pitch.
This kind of behaviour is sure to eventually cause friction. As Cruyff's words hint, Mourinho may want to begin appreciating his players in the public sphere or else risk losing their commitment far sooner than Abramovich can land a new crop.
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