By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho has claimed that Roman Abramovich is still convinced that he is the right man for the Chelsea manager’s job.
The Portugese is convinced that he is a “stronger” boss as he continues to cope with the worst season of his trophy-laden career.
Chelsea’s Premier League title defence has fallen apart and the scrutiny on Mourinho’s position would reach unprecedented levels if they they are beaten by Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night and eliminated from the competition.
Speaking at his media conference on Tuesday afternoon, Mourinho was confident he has Abramovich’s backing.
“I think that I did lots of good things in this club for the owner to know the quality I have,” he said. “If the owner show me that belief twice: one, when brought me back to the club, second time, when he gave me a new contract, I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind.
“I know the wind of the results is an important wind, I know that this wind is really strong because the results in the Premier League are really bad but I think the owner knows who I am, what I gave to the club and the owner believes that I am the right person to do the job.”
A defeat would almost-certainly send Chelsea into the Europa League but under-fire Mourinho says the novel experience of adversity has only increased his desire to succeed.
“As a manager I think makes me better, because it’s the first time for me,” he added on Tuesday. “It’s a new experience, something I was not used to.
“I never thought I would be so strong and so highly motivated to another defeat and the next morning I wake up again with even more desire to go and work. So it made me know myself a little bit better than before.
“I found myself stronger than I thought because when you win all the time it’s a wonderful life. When you have bad results it’s more difficult and I found myself really strong and it’s a good experience.”
Football Insider revealed on Sunday that Chelsea would not sack Jose Mourinho in the wake of their eighth Premier League defeat of the season against Bournemouth last weekend.
Abramovich watched from his hospitality box as Chelsea suffered a setback that leaves them marooned in 14th place in the Premier League table, just three points above the relegation zone and a distant 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
But defeat to the team Mourinho steered to a Champions League triumph in 2004 and elimination from the Champions League would place enormous pressure on the manager’s shoulders and may alter Abramovich’s thinking.
A senior Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the owner is concerned about the team’s drastic decline but he still thinks the Portugese can turn it around.
Abramovich is putting his faith in the most successful manager in the club’s history and is also aware that the only available option of similar calibre is Carlo Ancelotti, who is being lined up by Bayern Munich as a replacement for Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.