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Friday 23 March 2018

Jose Mourinho - What he said

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke his mind after a painful loss at Chelsea
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke his mind after a painful loss at Chelsea

Chelsea's desperate defence of their Barclays Premier League crown continued against Leicester on Monday night as a 2-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium - the Blues' ninth in the league this season - left Jose Mourinho's men just one point above the relegation zone.

Here are the best bits of what he had to say after the match...

On being in a relegation battle

"No I don't believe this. We are in the relegation zone - an area in the table. But to be in a battle is to be there for three or four months and I don't think this will be so."

On why Chelsea are struggling this season

"One possibility is that I did an amazing job and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can't maintain it."

On his future

"I am surprised this is always the last question. I want to stay. I hope the board and Mr Abramovich want me to stay."

On how Chelsea lost at Leicester

"I feel my work is betrayed. I worked four days in training for this match. I identified four movements where Leicester score a lot of their goals and in two of the four situations I identified they scored their goals. I went through it all with the players, you can ask them."

On Eden Hazard being substituted

"I don't know what is wrong. The only thing I know is that within 10 seconds he made the decision himself. He came off and said straight away he couldn't do it. Then he tried and immediately he came back off."

On the ball boys

"They were a disgrace to the Premier League."

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