Who he says will not ‘change with the wind’
- Chelsea face Porto at home in the Champions League on Wednesday night
- A win or draw will guarantee progress to the competition’s next round
- But Chelsea could crash into the Europa League if they are defeated
- Jose Mourinho says he will not be sacked in event of Stamford Bridge loss
- Chelsea manager feels he retains faith of owner Roman Abramovich
There is a fierce gale blowing at Chelsea but Jose Mourinho does not believe even the gusts generated by an early Champions League exit would be strong enough to shake the faith owner Roman Abramovich has in him.
Pressure on the Chelsea manager has only intensified in the wake of last weekend’s humiliating defeat to Barclays Premier League newcomers Bournemouth but he is refusing to contemplate being given the boot even if the Blues lose their crucial European tie against Porto on Wednesday.
‘I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind,’ he said, ‘I know the wind of the results is an important wind.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident that he will not lose his job even if his team lose against Porto
Mourinho says Roman Abramovich would not sack him if Chelsea are knocked out of the Champions League
Mourinho recognises that results in the Premier League are ‘really bad’ but is confident in his position
‘I know this wind is strong because the results in the Premier League are really bad. But I think the owner knows who I am and what I give to the club, and the owner believes that I am the right person to do the job.
‘The owner shows me that belief twice: once when he brought me back to the club; the second time when he gave me a new contract for four years.’
Mourinho, who was given the managerial vote of confidence in October, also sought to deflect attention on to his under-performing players.
‘You can look in many directions and you can decide that this is not a one-man responsibility,’ he said.
Reigning Premier League champions the Blues are 14th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone, and desperately wanting for firepower.
Eden Hazard is without a goal in 22 games and striker Diego Costa has just four goals this campaign. If they lose against Porto at Stamford Bridge they will suffer a premature exit although a draw would be enough secure their progression to the knockout stage of the competition.
Mourinho has been ruing his side’s lack of firepower and says their poor performance is not down to one man
Eden Hazard is without a goal in 22 games and striker Diego Costa has just four goals this season
GROUP G PERMUTATIONS
Dynamo Kiev will qualify with victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv. If they fail to win, they finish third.
Chelsea will progress to the last-16 stage as group winners with victory over Porto.
If the game in London finishes a draw with Dynamo not winning, Porto top the group on their head-to-head record against Chelsea.
In the event of a Dynamo win and Chelsea-Porto draw, a mini-league will see the Ukrainians top and Chelsea second.
But their Portuguese coach does not consider entry to the Europa League a consolation prize that he covets.
‘I know that, in this moment, it looks like to win the Europa League might be an easier way to be in the Champions League next season, than to finish in the top four,’ he said. ‘But there is another possibility, which is to win the Champions League.’
When it was pointed out to him that this route would be much more difficult, Mourinho replied: ‘It’s harder than winning the Europa League, yes, but this is the competition we’re in.
‘I was always against the teams being knocked out of the Champions League going into the Europa League because there’s such a big difference in the level of competition between the teams in both. It’s not fair on those who have been in the Europa League.
Mourinho does not want to be knocked down to the Europa League, and says that route should not exist
‘If you are knocked out of the Champions League, you should go home and focus on domestic competitions. But, because the rules say the third has the chance to go to the Europa League, it’s a good way for those who are knocked out of the Champions League to win the competition and get back into the Champions League next season.
‘But we don’t want that. We want to play Champions League, play the best teams – Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern (Munich), all the big teams. And, for that, we need to win tomorrow.’
The Spanish press have made much of Mourinho and Iker Casillas’ reunion but he says it is unimportant
Aside from the obvious importance of this game to Mourinho’s future employment at Stamford Bridge there has been much attention placed, particularly by the Spanish press, on him meeting Porto keeper Iker Casillas again.
Mourinho ditched Casillas, then club captain, in his time in charge at the Real Madrid and it signalled the beginning of the end for the Spanish No 1 at his boyhood club. This will be the second time their paths have crossed since then, having seen each other when Porto hosted Chelsea in September.
‘I think Casillas has the record for matches in the Champions League as a player,’ said Mourinho, ‘If I shook hands with him in Porto, why wouldn’t I shake hands tomorrow?’
Source: Daily Mail