Former Chelsea star admits he felt ‘betrayed’ by Jose Mourinho

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Former Chelsea defender, Filipe Luis has revealed that he felt betrayed by Jose Mourinho as the then Chelsea boss did not hand him enough opportunities after signing him.

Mourinho is someone who often divides opinion among both fans and the players he has managed in his long and illustrious career.

While some of his former players speak very highly of the relationship they had with him, others are not so complimentary of his methods.

Even during his relatively short time at Spurs, some first-team stars have had run-ins with the 58-year-old while others seem to have full faith in his methods.

Luis worked with Mourinho for just a year after arriving at Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014.

The left-back largely played a bit-part role during his season with the Blues but it was a successful campaign for the club, with Mourinho leading them to the Premier League title, his third as Chelsea boss, as well as the League Cup.

Speaking about his short stint at Chelsea, Luis, who returned to Atletico in 2015, told The Daily Mail: “When I was on the bench for the first game of the season I knocked on Mourinho’s office door and said: ‘Why did you bring me here? Why didn’t you just leave me at Atletico?’

“He said that he didn’t feel as secure defensively with me in the team as he did with Azpilicueta.

“He said I had to win my place. I couldn’t expect that because of my name I was going to be first choice.

“He was right. I wasn’t playing well. But I also think you have to be on the pitch to improve.

“I never regretted the move because I was at one of the biggest clubs in the world but everyone wants to play!’

“At the time I felt betrayed for want of a better word. I did not want to work for Mourinho for another year. But it was not his fault. We won the final and I have the medal at home!”

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The fact that Chelsea had a successful season in 2014/15 vindicates Mourinho’s decision not to play Luis very often. It is only when he struggles to get results, as he is at Spurs at the moment, that his man-management starts getting questioned.

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