Jose said “The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressure match was so good that I don’t see any reason for the players not to have the same kind of answer,”
Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager says he is slightly embarrassed by his enduring popularity with the club’s supporters. The defending Premier League champions are suffering a difficult campaign and are only 14th in the Premier League table after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth. However, Jose Mourinho has delivered three Premier League titles during his two spells at Stamford Bridge, and the crowd rose to salute him during Wednesday’s vital 2-0 Champions League win over Porto.
Jose Mourinho said: “The fans are being absolutely unbelievable with us. “When people are so nice to me and they sing my name and ‘Stand up for the Special One’, I feel a bit embarrassed, because I don’t know how to react. When you are champions and winning matches, you wave, you share the emotion with the people. “I know for sure Chelsea fans do not have memory problems. Chelsea fans do not need a special vitamin to feed memory. Their memory is amazing because, if not, they don’t treat me the way they do, they don’t treat the players the way they do, they don’t create a nice Stamford Bridge for us.”
Mourinho is expecting a repeat of their Porto performance in the big Premier League clash with Leicester on Monday Night Football.
“The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressure match was so good that I don’t see any reason for the players not to have the same kind of answer,” he said. “Independent of the Bournemouth defeat, I think in the last couple of months everyone is improving, the team is improving. We are going in a good direction in terms of the level of individuals and the team consistency. We need results.”
Chelsea are just a point above managerless Swansea in the Premier League, with the South Wales side dismissing Garry Monk in midweek.
Jose Mourinho thinks the decision was a mistake and lamented the pressure managers find themselves under in the modern game. “I am always against the sack,” he added. “I think the end of the season is the moment to change things, when people analyse the work of the season and believe that the best time is to change. “The clubs, the owners have the power. It is their decision, what more can I say, I feel very sorry for him. I feel he did work that impressed last season, and was showing some great qualities as a manager, so it is a surprise. “This is a new tendency in English football. The opinion makers have an influence, lots of people without ethics are surrounding the houses with problems, so in the end Garry was a victim.”