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Jose Mourinho warns Chelsea players to improve or risk sack

Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea looks dejected after Joel Ward scored Crystal Palace's 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge
Image: Chelsea players' reaction after Joel Ward's winner for Crystal Palace on Saturday

Jose Mourinho has hinted that some of his Chelsea squad may soon find their Stamford Bridge careers are over.

The Blues boss says he will make changes to his squad in the wake of their poor start to the Premier League season.

Chelsea lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday and have just four points from their first four games of the season - a tally which leaves them 13th in the table and eight points off the pace set by league leaders Manchester City.

And Mourinho could take drastic action with his squad as a result.

"If a player is not performing, there are two ways to look at it," he said.

Even when you are trusting the player, (there) arrives a moment when you think, 'I have to change'. And I can go both ways.
Jose Mourinho

"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."

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Mourinho's frustrations are not helped by the fact that the Premier League now stops for an international window, depriving him of the opportunity to spend some time on the coaching ground with his squad.

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Jose Mourinho says the referee made a 'huge mistake' not to award Chelsea a penalty when the score was 0-0 in their 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace

"Because of the international break, the next match is in 15 days," he said.

"I don't know what happens in 15 days... every player goes away with their national team and I stay for two weeks with four players.

"I can't work, I can't improve. At this moment, I can't do anything during these two weeks to improve my team."

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