Jose Mourinho took a shot at Graeme Le Saux ahead of Chelsea Champions League fixture in Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
When Chelsea last played a game in Israel, 14 years ago, several players opted not to go because of security issues. Le Saux, Marcel Desailly, Emmanuel Petit, William Gallas, Albert Ferrer and Eidur Gudjohnsen all stayed home on that occasion.
“I think the best way is to focus on football and the happiness you have to play football, the responsibility you have to play football,” Mourinho told The Guardian.
“Leave security questions to people who know more than we do, and people who can do things we can’t do. We just focus on playing. I didn’t have a single problem within the squad. I didn’t have a Graeme Le Saux. I had everybody without fears, just wanting to come.
“I had even a player, maybe, whose wife is going to have a baby either tomorrow or the next day but he’s here, focusing on what he can do for us. So we’re here focusing on getting a result. We need that for our happiness, our pride, and the people who support us.”
Le Saux, who’s a member of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, has been publicly critical of Mourinho regarding the Eva Carneiro situation.
Chelsea has full squad against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Tuesday, except for Thibaut Courtois and Radamel Falcao who both are injured. Chelsea is coming off a 1-0 victory over Norwich and beat Tel Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in September.