By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho has insisted that the Chelsea players are fully behind him as he responded to “sad accusations” of dressing-room unrest.
Cesc Fabregas took the unusual step of denying on Twitter this morning that he was the leader of a “mini-revolt” against Mourinho in light of the team’s wretched start to the season.
There have also been claims about the players’ commitment towards the Portuguese, with BBC radio presenter Garry Richardson reporting at the weekend that one Chelsea first-teamer had recently said: “I’d rather lose than win for him.”
Asked about the claims, Mourinho said: “If I accuse you of being a dishonest journalist, I think you’d be very upset and probably you’d take legal action.
“Look, I think it’s a very sad accusation, because you are accusing a player or more than one player of dishonesty.”
Mourinho, who said he did not have to answer whether he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich about his position, still has confidence is players can turn their slump around.
He said: “The players are giving their best every minute of every training session, giving solidarity between all of us.
“[The problems are a] combination of factors and some of them I can’t, I don’t want, to touch them.”
Asked if the players are still responding to his methods, Mourinho replied: “Yes.”
The Chelsea manager is fighting for his job following a catastrophic series of results that have left the champions rooted in 15th in the Premier League table after losing six of their 11 matches in the competition this season.
They have also been eliminated from the League Cup and have had a mixed start to their Champions League campaign.
Mourinho has admitted that it is the worst-spell of his trophy-laden career.
“A friend sent me some quotes of my press conference after the Champions League final in May 2004,” the Portugese explained. “I said that one day my career bad results will come.
“In my career the bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I’m facing now as Euro champion.
“I’ve been waiting 11 years for this. It took time, but came in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it.
“When you reach my level it’s difficult to learn from others, you have to learn from yourself. I learn day by day.”
Mourinho refused to answer if he has behaved with dignity during his team’s catastrophic run of results.
He added: “The way in this moment I’m going to show my dignity is not to answer you.”