Former Chelsea defender says Mourinho’s style is damaging to the players

Former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis has accused Jose Mourinho of damaging his players’ confidence with his abrasive management style.

The Blues have endured a disastrous start to the season and Mourinho has not been afraid to criticise a number of his senior stars in public, with Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic among those to come under-fire.

But Luis, who returned to Atletico Madrid in the summer after just one season at Stamford Bridge, has warned Mourinho that he may need to change his outspoken approach.

The Brazil international said: “He has his way of talking to the press, especially when the team loses, which can sometimes be damaging to certain players.

“Some players benefit from criticism but for others they don’t.”

Luis, however, insists he harbours no grudges towards Mourinho and looks back on his time at Chelsea fondly, despite making just nine Premier League starts.

“I consider my time with Chelsea a personal triumph,” he said.

“In one year I won two titles — one being the Premier League. I have a trophy at home that not many people have and in possibly the most competitive league in the world.”