Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel has now shared which manager’s sacking was the one that hit the players the hardest during his time at the club.

He told the ‘Obi One’ podcast that Jose Mourinho leaving the club for the first time ever was a moment where the squad were in tears.

Roman Abramovich had made a name for himself in terms of being ruthless when it came to managers in the hotseat at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino has impressed greatly this season, despite results on the pitch not always living up to performances and underlying numbers.

Their displays in the big games in particular have impressed many, with them going toe-to-toe with early season pace setters Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

A number of players have stepped up for him in that time, with Cole Palmer finding the net in all three of those games.

His demand for success was the end of many who took charge during his tenure, and it didn’t stop at the highly successful Mourinho when form tailed off too.

Mikel has claimed that when the players realised what was happening back in the 2007/08 season, they were left emotional despite knowing they had to get on with their jobs.

He said: “It’s crazy, we all do all that. We all cried and were emotional and that. He left, then five minutes later we were out on the training pitch and everyone’s laughing and joking. We just had to move on with it. After training, we started talking about it, but on the pitch we had to get on with it.”

Chelsea players cried at Mourinho sacking
At this current moment, it feels like the Chelsea players will not have to worry about this eventually occurring to their current boss.

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