Jose Mourinho has accused the media of “a lack of respect,” with the Chelsea boss praising his players despite a penalty shoot-out defeat to Stoke.
Chelsea’s Capital One Cup defence ended at the Britannia Stadium as Stoke beat the Blues 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal and extra-time.
Mourinho addressed the media after the game, the first time he had spoken publicly since Friday after refusing to speak to the press following the controversial 2-1 defeat to West Ham last weekend.
There have been suggestions that Mourinho has a mutiny on his hands with regards to his players, while the Portuguese’s job has been case of much speculation since a fifth league defeat in 10.
Mourinho insisted that he is not feeling any pressure at Chelsea however.
“I have a day off [today] with my fantastic family,” he said. “I sleep well and then I enjoy my day. Thursday is one more day like the last 15 years of my life.”
Asked whether he required another show of support from Chelsea after receiving a vote of confidence last month, Mourinho replied: “I don’t need more.
“What the players did tonight is face the people that write and say, ‘you are stupid’.
“You think my players are not with me? You think my players are not giving everything to win the game?
“I think that’s really sad; not to me but to the players. It’s a lack of respect. For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players were not for me because, if we didn’t get results, I could say it was because the players were against me.
“My players are not like that. They tried everything. Last year we won here 2-0 and we didn’t play 25% of what we play today. I think they [my players] have to be very frustrated not getting what they deserve.”
Mourinho admitted it would be “difficult” to pick up his players after yet another disappointing defeat, but once more insisted they played well on Tuesday night.
“It’s difficult. Of course it’s difficult. But it’s more difficult when you play very badly and you lose.
“I think they go with sadness but with a positive feeling. How can Hazard, Oscar, Willian, John [Terry] go home with a lack of confidence when they played that well?”