Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jose Confident Abramovich Won't Blow with the Winds

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jose Confident Abramovich Won't Blow with the Winds

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EMBATTLED Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he still has the support of owner Roman Abramovich, who does not "change with the wind".

Mourinho added that the Blues' predicament is not his sole responsibility in issuing a veiled barb at his misfiring strike force, notably Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Chelsea play Mourinho's former club Porto tonight looking to put Premier League woes aside by reaching the Champions League knockout stages.

Mourinho was subject to the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich's 12-year ownership on October 5, but fortunes have hardly improved since.

The defending Premier League champions are 14th after eight defeats, including at home to newly-promoted Bournemouth last Saturday.

"This is not a one-man responsibility," said Mourinho, who is under contract until June 2019.

"There are no 'ifs.' .' Win, or draw, or lose. I am an optimistic guy. There are no 'ifs.'.

"I did lots of good things in this club for the owner to know the quality I have. And if the owner shows me that belief twice - one, when he brought me back to the club, the second time when he gave me a new contract, for four years - I don't think the owner is a person to change with the wind.

"I know the wind with the results is an important wind. I know 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 I am the right person to do the job."

Chelsea's European hopes are still alive, for now, but defeat at leaders Leicester next Monday would be their ninth in 16 games this season and could see them drop into the Premier League relegation zone.

Sir Alex Ferguson reckons Leicester could win the title. The former Manchester United boss also said Abramovich would be "foolish" to sack Mourinho.

"It's the difference between the friends and the fake friends," added Mourinho, who has captain John Terry and mid-fielder Ramires available again. …

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