Thibaut Courtois has taken the potentially risky course of action of making derogatory remarks about Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager departed Chelsea in December and the Belgium international has picked now as the right time to stick the boot in.
Speaking to Belgian television station RTBF, the Blues stopper said: “We returned to training on July 16 and six days later we were already playing a match against New York Red Bulls.
“We weren’t in a good physical shape. We then lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield and went on to make a bad start in the league. A downward spiral set in.
“We needed a change of manager at that point – I have no doubts about it. We drew too many matches and we have also conceded goals too easily. I could have done better with some of them.”
Given Mourinho’s ability to get himself about around the top clubs in Europe, it may not have been the best idea to support his sacking publically.
The Portuguese manager is rumoured to be heading to Manchester United sooner rather than later and this will reunite him with a former player he didn’t have the best of relationships with.
Juan Mata was ostracised at Chelsea under Mourinho, despite being their two-time Player of the Season, and was promptly sold to the Red Devils and the Spanish international can’t be looking forward to a reunion.
Courtois is in danger of suffering the same fate and the former Real Madrid boss has shown he is not above treating players harshly if they get on the wrong side of him.
While at the Bernabeu, the self-proclaimed special one fell out with Sergio Ramos and, in particular, Iker Casillas.
The Spanish goalkeeper was a legend in Madrid, but the effect of Mourinho’s disdain was such that Casillas ended up as a backup and departed for FC Porto this summer.