“To be champion is obviously very very hard because the distance is considerable but I am more than convinced that we will finish in the top four and when the season is so bad and you finish in the top four it’s okay”. Referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. Why?
“Why? Because when they give, there is always a question mark from you [the media]”.
“When we make individual mistakes the team is like a castle of cards that collapses, because mentally the team is in trouble”.
Meanwhile, speaking with Sky Sports, Koeman backed Mourinho to overcome his current situation at Stamford Bridge after having secured just eight points from the first eight Premier League games of the campaign.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was at Stamford Bridge for the capitulation, with Mourinho believing the result might have been different had Radamel Falcao been awarded a penalty, rather than booked for diving. There must be really enforceable guidance so that no medic feels there can be any interference when they are called onto the field of play. This is what I want.
By his own admission, this is the worst spell of Mourinho’s career and the manager this week found himself in the unfamiliar position of being forced to defend his methods following reports of discontent within his squad.
“Mourinho’s problem at the moment is he’s treating a few of them with the stick and it’s not working, he’s treating others with the carrot like [Branislav] Ivanovic, who keeps playing, and it’s not working for them either”.
“No way I resign”, he said later in his news conference. I assume my responsibility and the players should assume theirs too. The team comes with a good spirit and we have a penalty.
“If they sack me the message is again if there are bad results, the manager is guilty”. I hope, with all of us learning lessons around these issues, that she will come back to the game in future. “If the confederacy bags me they actually bag the best boss this confederacy has had”. After that the team lost even more confidence. But I think it is clear. And with us, it’s one and one and one and one.
Lacazette, the French league’s top goal scorer last season, missed a penalty when he hit the crossbar in the 41st minute but made amends before the interval with a low shot into the corner.
When the club had asked him to return to the club two years ago they had told him they wanted stability rather than their recent history of serial changes of manager, he said. My players deserve it and the fans deserve it.
Southampton took the lead three minutes after referee Robert Madley’s decision through Sadio Mane, and Mourinho felt it was an indication referees were afraid to give decisions to the Blues. The former Chelsea physio has criticised the FA, claiming that they chose to ignore evidence for the case of sexism.