Jose Mourinho says he felt ‘betrayed’ by his players after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez scored for Claudio Ranieri’s men as they returned to the top of the Premier League.
Meanwhile, the Blues fell to their ninth defeat in 16 league games, leaving them perilously close to the relegation zone.
And Mourinho was unequivocal in where he felt the blame lay.
“We concede two goals that are unacceptable for me,” he told Sky Sports.
“I know my best quality is to read the opponents for my players and to identify every detail and these two goals – with the movement of Vardy between the two central defenders and then Mahrez one-against-one when I want one-against-two – are difficult to accept.
“I feel my work was betrayed.
“When you have some players in crucial positions not playing at a normal level, it is difficult.
“All last season I did phenomenal work and I took them to a level that is not their level. It’s more than they really are.
“It’s not all of them, of course, but clearly for some of them it is more difficult [to play at that level again].”
Eden Hazard came off injured in the first half after being bundled over by Vardy and Mourinho questioned the Frenchman’s desire who has yet to score for Chelsea this season.
“The only thing I know is in 10 seconds he made the decision himself. It must be a serious injury as he made the decision himself and just left the pitch.”