LONDON, Sporting Alert – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been all over the news, after the treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro and the pundits say it’s because he’s under pressure.
According to the British newspapers, Mourinho has banned Carneiro from all team activities, including matches and training sessions, after an incident involving her and the team’s physio Jon Fearn.
Reports claimed Mourinho was not happy with the medical members and labeled their decision to run onto the field to attend to Eden Hazard during Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League opener at home against Swansea City, as “impulsive and naive.”
However, the Daily Mail writer Matt Barlow believes the Portugues is feeling the heat of failing to strengthen his squad during the summer and then watching his team struggled to put away a very determined Swansea City side, which could have even defeat the champions on the day.
It is also believed that the players around him are also starting to see signs of stress on the Blues manager as he battles to deal with the dip in form of several of his key players.
Of course it’s still very early in the season, but the beginning form of Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao and Nemanja Matic, and the constant uncertainty over the fitness of star forward Diego Costa is a worrying sign for Mourinho, who will need for those key players to sort themselves out quickly.
Making it worse, Mourinho will have to do without starting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for the next game this weekend, after he was sent off against Swansea and the club lost its appeal against the decision.
Barlow believes the current situation has been a major distraction for the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan boss and the row with Carneiro is “proof that stress is taking its toll.”
This, however, did not prevent the Premier League Doctors’ Group from blasting the 52-year-old’s treatment of the club’s long-serving and diligent staff.
“In the publicised incident in last Saturday’s game against Swansea, the Chelsea medical staff were clearly summoned onto the field of play by the match referee to attend to a player,” a statement read on Thursday.
“A refusal to run onto the pitch would have breached the duty of care required of the medical team to their patient.
“It is a huge concern that Dr Carneiro has been subjected to unprecedented media scrutiny and a change in her professional role, merely because she adhered to her code of professional conduct and did her job properly.”