Play­ers be­hind me: Mour­inho

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Chelsea boss Jose Mour­inho (pic­tured) hit out at any sug­ges­tion his play­ers were not be­hind him af­ter the Cap­i­tal One Cup loss at Stoke and in­sisted he was in a “fan­tas­tic” sit­u­a­tion.

The Blues suf­fered yet an­other set­back in their dis­as­trous sea­son as they were beaten 5-4 on penal­ties in the fourth-round tie at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw af­ter ex­tra time.

But Mour­inho was keen to praise his play­ers’ ef­forts and said in his post-match press con­fer­ence: “Hon­estly, do you think they are not with me? That they didn’t give every­thing to win the game?

“That is re­ally sad - not sad for me but sad for the play­ers, and I think it is a lack of re­spect to the play­ers, not to me.

“For me it would be a fan­tas­tic sit­u­a­tion if the play­ers are against me - I could say we don’t have re­sults be­cause the play­ers are against me.

“I think what some peo­ple write and say is re­ally bad for the play­ers. They tried every­thing.”

Talk had al­ready been rife be­fore this tie about the sack loom­ing for Mour­inho, whose Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons were left 15th in the ta­ble by Satur­day’s 2-1 loss at West Ham, in which he was sent to the stands. — Fox Sports

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