Jose Mourinho has blamed referee Robert Madley for defeat to Southampton as he was “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty at Stamford Bridge.
Having fallen behind to a 10th-minute Willian free-kick, Southampton hit back through Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle to condemn Chelsea to their fourth defeat of the campaign.
Mourinho was asked just one question by the interview to elicit all of the response above, with the Portuguese signing off with a simple “thank you, goodbye”.
Here’s what he had to say…
“I want to make it clear: I do not run away”. When we are top, there is a big pleasure in putting us down.
“And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1″.
“If the FA wants to punish me they can punish me”. “And the message is again that… bad results, the manager is guilty”.
On the eve of their Champions League clash with Porto, Mourinho said: ‘It is hard to win the Premier League and Champions League, but possible. Maybe you have a few sources that can give you a few tips.
We had a long-term plan in place when we brought back Mourinho, but it was always understood that while building for the future, the present couldn’t be ignored. In other matches we see the same thing and that doesn’t happen.
“The team mentally, psychologically the team is unbelievably down”.
The Spanish global is a fundamental part of the City team and the club invariably look a level below their best without the little magician, while they appeared much more confident as a unit upon the 29-year-old’s domestic return today.
The Saints came out of the traps quickest in the second period and they nearly stole the lead through Mane, who was first denied by Begovic and then by a retreating Terry.
“With the players, I live a situation that is not easy which is that I like them“.
The two sides could not be separated last season following 1-1 draws at both St Mary’s and in west London, with a Dusan Tadic penalty cancelling out Diego Costa’s opener at the Bridge.
It is early October and already the Londoners have lost six matches in all competitions this season and Mourinho acknowledges his players are going through a crisis of confidence. “He has tried criticising them, but they are not listening”. One day I will speak and I will choose a day.
To be champions is hard, but I am more than convinced we will finish top four.
Do you know why?
“If the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club has had”, Mourinho said. I assume mine, the players should assume theirs and other people in the club should also assume theirs and we stick together. I don’t want to be non-polite.
Aina, an England under 19 worldwide, was rewarded for his fine performances with inclusion on Chelsea’s post-season tour of Thailand and Australia, and their pre-season trip to the United States.
“In the bad moments, you can not do that and just wait for a better moment to come, or for the problems to be resolved by themselves”. I want to carry on, no doubt.
“For the past two months I didn’t open my mouth and I’m going to keep it like this”.
“Do the players trust me and think I am the man for the job?” The worst result of my career. “I want to finish tomorrow and start winning matches again”.