Jose Mourinho was involved in a heated argument with his players at halftime as Chelsea all but blew what surely must have been its last chance of winning the Premier League title after drawing 0-0 at home to relegation-threatened Norwich City, which itself now needs a miracle to stay in England’s top division next season, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday. Apparently, Mourinho blasted a number of players following a first half he later described as “lazy,” including veterans Ashley Cole, John Terry and Frank Lampard, who are all rumored to depart Stamford Bridge this summer.
After the final whistle, Cole, 33, was seen visibly crying as the team completed a lap of the field in its final home game of the season, consoled by captain Terry, 33, and vice captain Lampard, 35. Mourinho was later asked if that was the veteran trio’s final appearance at Stamford Bridge. “Will they play at Stamford Bridge again? I think so, but the summer is a long summer for us,” he said, noting that this summer would be longer because of the World Cup.
The report added that newcomers Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah were also singled out during the Portuguese’s halftime tirade, with the former being told by Mourinho that he was now questioning the decision to buy the defensive midfielder back from Benfica midfielder, while Salah was told to make sure he returned from preseason “ready to be a footballer.”
Mourinho later conceded the title (again, despite still not being out of it mathematically), before admitting that this season could have been better: “We lost games where we had them under control but didn’t kill them and we were killed. But from day one, never in danger, never outside the top four or outside the title race.”