Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he does not need reassurances over his future after the English champions lose to Stoke City on penalties in the League Cup fourth round while the Portuguese says his players make their critics look “stupid”.
Defiant Mourinho doesn’t need ‘assurances’ as Chelsea exit Cup
STOKE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 27, 2015) (NICHE MEDIA – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:
“My general situation is fantastic. I have a day off tomorrow, fantastic family, I can sleep well every night. I’m going to enjoy my day and Thursday one more day like I’ve had in the last 15 years of my life. Honest, dedicated.
REPORTER, ASKING: “Has there been any more reassurance since the weekend, since the defeat?”
“I don’t need. I don’t need more.”
2. WHITE FLASH
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:
“You know, what I think is that what the players they did tonight is the same as they face some people that writes and that speaks and they say ‘you are stupid’ because honestly, do you think the players are not with me? Do you think the players, they didn’t give everything to win the game? That’s really sad because… It’s not sad for me, I think it’s sad for the players. I think it’s a lack of respect to the players; not to me, not to me. For me it would be fantastic situation if the players are against me I can say we don’t have results because the players are against me, it would be a fantastic situation for me.”
STORY: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho struck a defiant note after his team lost a penalty shootout against Stoke City and crashed out of the League Cup on Tuesday night (October 27), insisting he did not need reassurances over his future from the club’s hierarchy.
Mourinho’s men came from 1-0 down to send the tie into extra time but Chelsea’s miserable season continued unchecked as they failed to find a winner against a Stoke side that played with 10 men for all of extra time.
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland pulled off a stunning save to palm away Eden Hazard’s penalty and seal a 5-4 shootout win for the Potters, handing Mourinho his eighth defeat in 16 games this season.
The disastrous run of results has already prompted the club’s hierarchy to issue a public statement backing the manager, and Mourinho insisted he did not fear for his job.
“I don’t need it (reassurances), I don’t need more. My general situation is fantastic,” the 52-year-old told reporters after the game.
“I have a day off on Wednesday, fantastic family, I can sleep well every night. And Thursday will be one more day like I have in the last 15 years of my life.”
The Portuguese, who has seen speculation over his future build in recent weeks with each new setback on the pitch, lashed out at suggestions that his players were not behind him.
“Do you think the players are not with me or didn’t give everything to win the game? It’s sad for the players. It’s a lack of respect to the players, not to me,” he said.
“For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players were against me, (because) I could say we didn’t have the results because the players were against me.”
Mourinho said the performance had answered Chelsea’s doubters and slammed the media for their criticism.
“We played very well,” he said. “What the players did tonight was face some people who have written and spoken (about them) and said: ‘you are stupid’.
Striker Diego Costa picked up an injury during the game that could rule him out for Saturday’s (October 31) Premier League clash with Liverpool.