‘If the club sacks me they sack the best manager this club ever had. This is a moment for everyone to take responsibility and stick together.” Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho insisted he will not be walking away from Stamford Bridge after watching Chelsea’s season hit a new low with a crushing 3-1 home defeat by Southampton.
The oputa mouth manager urged everyone at the club to ‘stick together’ and is convinced Chelsea can still finish in the top three, despite their worst start to a season for 37 years — when they were relegated.
‘I don’t run away,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘Two, if the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibilities or my team.’
Mourinho’s decision to recall John Terry backfired spectacularly as Saints came from a goal down to pile more pressure on the Chelsea boss.
The champions are now 10 points behind leaders Manchester City — who crushed Newcastle 6-1 — but Mourinho was once again raging over referee Robert Madley’s decision not to award a penalty when Radamel Falcao went down in a challenge with Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg
‘The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea,’ he stormed. ‘At 1-1, it is a huge penalty and once again we don’t get it. If the FA wants to punish me they can. They don’t punish other managers. My players deserve it (fairness) and the fans deserve it.’
Goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane — after a mistake by Terry — and Graziano Pelle cancelled out Willian’s opener, and left Chelsea 16th in the table.
Mourinho admitted that confidence in his squad is at rock bottom, adding: ‘The team try but they collapse because they are in such a low moment.’
Mourinho has described the start of this season as ‘the worst of his career’ but he is convinced he is the right man to lead Chelsea out of trouble.
I’m more than convinced that we can finish in the top four and in a season so bad, finishing top four is OK.
The players have to play until the end of the season with champions on their shirt and I want to work. I have a big ego, I consider myself the best. This hurts me a lot — it hurts me as a professional and hurts me because I love the club.’
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