Jose Mourinho insists he retains the support of owner Roman Abramovich and he is not solely responsible for Chelsea’s torment this season.
Mourinho is under pressure to turn around the Champions’ faltering season following an eighth Premier League defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
Some of that pressure could be released if Mourinho’s team, who are 14th in the league, qualify for the Champions League knockout stages with a draw or victory over Porto on Wednesday.
“This is not a one-man responsibility. There are no ifs. Wins, draw, or lose; I am an optimistic guy,” he said.
“I did lots of good things in this club for the owner to know the quality I have.
“If the owner shows me that belief twice – once when he brought me back, the second time when he gave me a new contract for four years – then I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind.
“I know the wind with the results is an important wind. I know this wind is really strong, because the results in the Premier League are really bad.
“But I think the owner knows who I am, what I give to the club and the owner believes I am the right person to do the job. Now I don’t speak about the owner, I speak just about the reality of the situation.
“You can read these bad results and focus everything on the manager. You can look at the results and look to players with performances below acceptable.
“You can look to this and look to the unlucky decisions that we are having in every competition, not just the Premier League. You can look in many directions and you can decide.”
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