By Coral Barry
Jose Mourinho is confident he will not be sacked as Chelsea manager despite the team’s sixth Premier League defeat of the season.
The champions were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool today and have now lost more than half of their 11 league matches in 2015-16 as the pressure intensifies on Mourinho.
Asked afterwards if he thought the game was his last as Chelsea boss, Mourinho said: “No, I don’t.”
He said that he expected to be given enough time to turn it around and added: “I go home, I go find a sad family.
“I will try to watch some of the rugby [World Cup final] and disconnect a little bit from this. Then I will start preparing the training session for tomorrow morning and the game for Wednesday [against Dynamo Kiev].”
He was asked how a side which cantered to the title in May had fallen off the pace so much. “Did you see the game?” he responded.
Former referee Howard Webb, who now works as an analyst for BT Sport, said Costa should have have been sent off for appearing to stamp on Martin Skrtel.
“Howard Webb says,” Mourinho said. “Howard Webb says.”
He suggested he would be punished if he acted as Jurgen Klopp did during the game, saying: “You have doubts? I cannot say because I am punished.”
He added: “The players, they tried. You could feel the attitude. You could feel the desire and that the game was 50/50.
“The recognition of our work is just by getting results. We have some players that are really sad in the dressing room and I am full of respect for them but we see match after match that they are not getting the respect they deserve.
“I am really, really sorry with that lack of respect for professionals.”
Asked what he meant by a lack of respect, he told journalists: “You are all intelligent guys. If you want to write, you write.
“Next press conference I will bring you nice glasses, maybe you see the game in a better way.”
He pointed to the fact Coutinho’s equaliser came after the allotted two minutes’ injury time at the end of the first half.
“There are things that are out of our hands,” he said. “Two minutes’ extra time, we concede the goal on two minutes 35 seconds.
“Then what happened in the second half everything is a consequence of some crucial moments.
“Moments that the stadium saw, the players more than see, the players felt it, from now, what happens is just a consequence.”