The Daily Mail says Chelsea may be top of the league, but there are rumblings of discontent at Stamford Bridge, with rumours that the Brazilian coach believes he was sold a dummy by the owner when he left the comfort zone of Portugal after Euro 2008 to sign a contract at Chelsea worth a fraction over £5million a year.
Promised unlimited transfer funds, Scolari asked for Kaka and Franck Ribery in the summer, targeting two of the best players in the world. He didn’t get either and nor did he land Robinho, trumped by Manchester City on the final day of the transfer window.
Draws with north London rivals Tottenham, Manchester United, away to CFR Cluj in the Champions League, defeat at home to Liverpool, the 3-1 thumping at Roma that led to an emotional outburst by John Terry, defeat on penalties against Burnley in the Carling Cup and Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Bordeaux set a worrying trend.
Add the 0-0 home draw against hapless Newcastle to the mix and there really must be some internal issues.
Blues midfielder Michael Ballack conceded: "The team are still strong and we have a big target: to be champions in the two big competitions. There are times when we have played well, but it’s hard to compete with Manchester United and Liverpool."