In Jose Mourinho’s first era at Chelsea, there was a special group of people he called the ‘untouchables’, and this group of players were influential in the team, both on and off the field. But it seems those days of ‘untouchables’ are over.
Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that the Chelsea manager isn’t ready to treat any player specially, and wants the players to be fully committed to the Chelsea cause.
Following the incident with Costa, Law wrote:
“Conte has made it clear the days of the ‘untouchables’ at Chelsea are long gone and he has the full backing of owner Roman Abramovich and the club’s board to deal with Costa how he sees fit.
Chelsea players have been known to go to Abramovich or look for help from the board in the past, but Conte is in full control of squad matters and will have the final say over Costa. There is no pressure on him to ‘kiss and make up’.”
He added: “Costa is the Premier League’s joint top scorer with 14 goals, but Conte is clear that his players have to earn their places each week in training.
He has already proved that he is not scared to leave out star players and big personalities, as he has benched captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Cesc Fabregas.”