Mourinho confident he will be given time at #Chelsea
London ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he is still confident that he will be given the time to turn the club’s fortunes around after the 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Two goals from Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke’s third condemned the Premier League champions to their sixth defeat of the season from just 11 games and left them 15th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.
With media speculation about the Portuguese manager’s future intensifying in recent weeks, the latest defeat has only served to increase the doubts over whether Mourinho will be allowed to continue at Stamford Bridge.
However, the 52-year-old is confident that he will be given time to turn the club’s fortunes around in his second spell in charge.
“There were things out of our control, two minutes extra time in the first half and we concede in the third,” he told Sky Sports News. “Then in the second half there were some crucial moments that the stadium sees, and the players more than saw – they feel it.
“I take comfort from the fans’ backing but what feeds me is not just the supporters but also the recognition of our work.I have some players that are really sad in the dressing room and I am full of respect for them.
“Now I go home and try to watch some of the rugby and try to disconnect a little bit from this and then I will start preparing the training sessions for tomorrow. No I do not think that this was my last match here and yes I think that I will be given the time to turn it around.”
Chelsea next face a home tie with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Mourinho went into the match amid speculation he could lose his job with a defeat, but the fans at Stamford Bridge made a clear show of support for their manager during the match.
Chelsea responded on the field when Ramires headed home early on, but goals from Philippe Coutinho after side of half-time and a late strike from Christian Benteke saw Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claim his first Premier League win.
Mourinho remained tight-lipped when asked after the game about how the match got away from Chelsea.
“I have nothing, nothing to say,” he said. “Nothing. Nothing to say.”
Asked about Lucas Leiva avoiding a second yellow card for his foul on Ramires when the score was 1-1, he repeated: “Nothing to say. I have nothing to say.”
On Diego Costa’s clash with Martin Skrtel, he added: “I have nothing to say. I’m so sorry — I have nothing to say.”
He elaborated slightly when asked whether he had a message for the supporters, who had chanted Mourinho’s name after Chelsea fell behind, saying: “The fans are not stupid.”
Mourinho had said before the game that he was not worried about his job and said “no” when asked whether he was any more worried after this latest defeat.
He then shook his head when asked if he had any thoughts on the performance of his team, saying: “No, not at all.”
He spoke more at his postmatch news conference, although he challenged the journalists in attendance over the decisions that had contributed to the result, saying: “I’d like to listen more than being questioned.”
He was asked how a side that cantered to the title in May had fallen off the pace so much.
“Did you see the game?” he responded.
On the Lucas incident, he said: “What do you think? You are not punished by FA. I am punished if I tell. You are not punished.”
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: Coutinho hits double as Reds pile pressure on Mourinho
The Brazil international impressed for Jurgen Klopp’s men as the Reds came from behind to beat a beleaguered Blues side, and pose even more questions of the Portuguese
Philippe Coutinho scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and pile pressure on under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
A Ramires header gave the Premier League champions the lead after just four minutes, but compatriot Coutinho fired Liverpool level in some style just before half-time.
Oscar came close with a long-range chip, but chances were few and far between in the second half until another Coutinho effort clipped John Terry and flew past Asmir Begovic.
Christian Benteke made sure of the points with a composed finish in the closing minutes as Jurgen Klopp secured his first league win since taking charge of Liverpool.
The result leaves Mourinho feeling the heat as Chelsea slumped to a sixth Premier League defeat of the season at the end of a week in which the holders were also dumped out of the League Cup at Stoke City.
Ramires, who signed a new four-year deal this week, gave Chelsea the perfect start with just four minutes on the clock. Diego Costa’s back-heel gave Cesar Azpilicueta time and space to cross from the left of the area, and the Brazil international arrived to power a header across Simon Mignolet and into the bottom corner.
Liverpool responded well, Nathaniel Clyne – their League Cup hero against AFC Bournemouth in midweek – dragging a snapshot wide from 18 yards out before Adam Lallana tested Begovic from close range, as Chelsea showed an improved rearguard resilience against the visitors’ possessional dominance.
But they were undone by a moment of brilliance from Coutinho in the dying seconds of the half. The Brazilian twisted away from his countryman Ramires on the edge of the box before curling a brilliant left-foot finish beyond Begovic and into the far corner.
Chances were scarce in the early part of the second half, but Kenedy almost made an immediate impact after replacing Eden Hazard, driving into the area past Clyne before scuffing a shot wide of the near post.
The match developed into a scrappy affair in the central areas and both sides were a little fortunate to escape being reduced to 10 men. Referee Mark Clattenburg failed to spot Costa flick a boot into the midriff of Martin Skrtel after a tangle in the centre-circle and Lucas Leiva escaped a second yellow card after checking a strong run from Ramires through the middle.
Oscar almost lit up Stamford Bridge with a brilliant effort from close to halfway, but a retreating Mignolet reacted well to tip the ball wide of the target, a save that proved pivotal as Liverpool snatched the lead moments later.
Following Benteke’s knock-down, Coutinho picked up the loose ball on the edge of the Chelsea box and his right-footed shot took a deflection off Terry and nestled high in Begovic’s net.
Alberto Moreno almost made it three barely two minutes later as he surged into the area on the break, but Begovic stuck out a leg to deny him at the near post, and Jordon Ibe’s deflected effort after cutting in from the right had the goalkeeper scrambling across goal.
Liverpool did promptly seal the points, however, as substitute Benteke turned into space in the penalty area before slotting a composed finish across Begovic into the bottom corner with just seven minutes to play.
The Chelsea faithful sang their support for Mourinho, but his future at the club appears more uncertain than ever following another costly defeat.