José Mourinho: “The Fight Goes On”

Chelsea manager, José Mourinho, believes he will be allowed time to turn the club’s fortunes around after they suffered their sixth Premier League defeat of the season to the hands of Liverpool, reports BBC Sport

Mourinho, who guided the West London club to the Premier League title last season, has never lost more than six league matches in an entire league campaign. Chelsea were also knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City during midweek action, and this latest defeat to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool leaves them in 15th place.

When asked by BT Sport reporter, Des Kelly, if Mourinho thought this could be his last match in charge, he replied: “No, I don’t”. When pressed about the match, the 52-year-old continued to repeat, “I have nothing to say”.

In his BBC interview, the Portuguese boss had more to offer. “The fight goes on” said Mourinho, “but sometimes there are fights very impossible to win. You go to a fight with different ammunition,” he added, having been photographed in discussion with his coaches on the pitch after the match.

“The fans aren’t stupid. They know how much myself and the players are trying.”

Mourinho refused to comment on whether Liverpool’s Lucas should have received a second yellow card, but he later said in a news conference, “I am punished if I tell you”.

“What happened in the second half, everything was the consequence of a crucial moment. Everybody in the stadium saw, the players felt it. What happens is now a consequence.”

Mourinho later added: “As professionals, the players are not getting the respect they deserve. We are not going to have a great Saturday dinner.

“I am sorry about lack of respect for professionals. You are intelligent guys. At the next press conference I will bring you nice glasses and you will see things in a better way.”

Chelsea face Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday night, with the Blues sitting in third place in Group G, with four points from their first three matches.

Kiev are under investigation by UEFA after they were handed footage of black fans being attacked by Kiev supporters during their draw with Chelsea last month. As well as racist behaviour, they are also said to have been in crowd disturbances and blocked stairways during the match.

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