Chelsea whistle verdict: Let’s stick together

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Jose Mourinho says now is the time for everyone to remain
united as we try to come through this difficult period.
After today’s defeat to Southampton Mourinho stressed
there was absolutely no chance he would walk away from
his position. He added stability at the club he loves was the
key to turning things around.
He also explained why Willian and Nemanja Matic were
withdrawn in the second half today, before naming one
youngster he expects to be given a chance in our next match
after the forthcoming international break. First though he
clarified his own position…
‘No way I resign,’ Mourinho said. ‘No way.
‘Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than
me. There are many managers in the world that belong to
my level, but no better. So no chance I run away.
‘Why? For two reasons. One: because I have my professional
pride and I know I’m very good at my job. Secondly because
I like this club very much. If that’s not the case it could be
different, but in the accumulation of both situations I want
the best for my club and the best for my club is for me to
stay, so I stay.
‘When we were champions last season I said I was going to
stay until the owner and the board wanted me to leave. No
club can persuade me to leave; no financial offer can
persuade me to leave. I’m going to stay until the day the
owner and or the board say: “Jose, it’s enough”.
‘I said that when I was a champion and I say that now when I
am 16 in the table. No chance I resign. That is completely
Mourinho expects to guide his team to a top-four finish
this season
‘I know that you know the history of this club, and you know
every time the results were not good there was a change of
manager, but when I was contacted to come back, I was told
“we have had so many managers and we know you are the
‘I think it’s time for the club to act in a different way, to mark
a position: a position of stability, a position of trust. Three
months ago we were all together on the bus with the cups.
It’s time for us all to be together now at the bottom of the
‘I think in December, January, February, we are top four. To
be champion will be very difficult, but top four is completely
doable. When you are in such a bad season with such a bad
start, if at the end of the season you finish in the top four it’s
because you kept the balance in a difficult season.
‘For me everything is clear. I have been in football for a long
time and the power is always with the owners and the
boards in the end. I was taught that from day one in my life,
I was coached to understand and respect that all the time.
‘Do the players trust me and feel I am the man for the job?
This week we spoke about it and the answer was undoubtful.
‘When the supporters booed the Willian decision, I would so
the same as them if I didn’t know Willian was ill and
vomiting at half-time and the doctor said it would be difficult
for him to continue. If they have a negative reaction I would
do the same because the results are not the results we
Nemanja Matic was taken off having been introduced at
‘It was not humiliating [for him]. I don’t do that to anyone in
football or in life. It’s something if I do, I do without any
intention. I like the players, I trust them and I know they are
good players but some of them are in a difficult moment,
and Matic is one of them. He is not playing well, he is not
sharp, defensively he is making mistakes.
‘I played him because Ramires was doing a great job on
Mane, but with a yellow card and an inexperienced referee I
was afraid of a second yellow card, so I changed him for
Matic. With the second goal I needed to make a change, play
another striker for a player from midfield.
‘I kept Oscar because he creates more, I kept Fabregas
because, maybe because of his formation at Barcelona, he
copes better with the pressure. Even not playing well his
emotional stability is high. I decided to take Matic off, but I
like the player very much. I have a fantastic relationship with
the boy.’
We were denied a penalty when Falcao was brought
down inside the box minutes before Southampton’s
‘The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. At 1-1,
it is a huge penalty and once again we don’t get it. The
penalty was a giant penalty and after that the team lost even
more confidence.’
Mourinho was asked if he would bring young players
into the team when we return to action in a fortnight…
‘Yes. My job is not so simple because I have to measure the
situation and ask myself in difficult moments if the best
thing is to keep more experienced players. Can they cope
better with the pressure of the moment?
‘You do the same. When I don’t play Terry to play Zouma
you are the first ones to say immediately: “why aren’t you
playing the captain?”
‘With Ruben, it’s exactly the same thing. Ruben, Matic,
Ramires, Fabregas – who can cope better with the pressure? I
know Fabregas for sure, but maybe the situation is so
negative for us a young player feels less pressure than when
the team is top of the league fighting for a victory to be
‘Clearly it’s time – not to play four, five or six kids because
some of them are not ready – but I think Ruben is the one
who is more ready. If everything goes normally in the next
two weeks yes, he is a player to start the next game and
have a run of matches to try to get that stability as a first-
team choice.’
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