CHELSEA’s players have been told that no-one’s place is safe if the club’s poor start to the season continues.
Manager Jose Mourinho has left John Terry out for the past two Premier League games, while Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas have been criticised.
“Untouchables in football – only consistency can give you that status,” said Mourinho, whose side are 14th in the table after seven games.
“Football is about today. At this moment, I don’t have untouchables.”
Terry, 34, has started only the League Cup win at Walsall since a 3-1 defeat at Everton on September 12.
In 2006, during his first spell in charge, Mourinho described eight of his first-team players – including Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba – “untouchable” because of their form.
“In this moment, we have fantastic players, the players that gave us the title last season,” Mourinho said.
“But football is not about yesterday. In football you have to be consistent in your performance, in your emotion. “To be a winner you don’t need to win all the time, but to be a winner you must have a strong mentality every game, every day.”