Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is a “lonely guy” who ‘doesn’t have many friends’ in football.
Mourinho has come in for intense criticism this season as defending champions Chelsea have endured one of their worst starts to a season in recent memory, including four defeats in the Premier League.
It represents an unprecedented struggle for Mourinho, who has already lost more games in all competitions as manager this season as Chelsea did in all of their last campaign.
The Portuguese, who has been fined by the FA for comments made concerning referees this season and has had his conduct questioned with regards to his treatment of physio Eva Carneiro, has blamed the British media’s “culture of the vulture”, and admits he feels “lonely” in this big wide world at times.
“I live in a different world. I’m not with the power. I’m not with the power. I’m a lonely guy in this modern world of football,” Mourinho told the Irish Times.
“I do my work. I’m not a politician, I’m not a PR, I don’t care what people think about me. I don’t, you know, I’m just what I am. When I am in a great moment it looks like nothing’s happened; when I am in a bad moment, I pay for this a little bit. I don’t have many friends in the football world.
“Some of them [pundits] are really brave,” he added. “To criticise someone with my history, you need to be brave, as there is a risk someone like myself will say: ‘Shut up. You’ve won nothing in your life.’
“But I won’t do that. I just work and hope that the good results are coming. You know, stability for the manager, in general, it’s gone. It’s gone for everyone, except a couple of ‘special ones.'”
Speaking ahead of his side’s crunch Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev this week, Mourinho addressed the struggle for form currently endured by Nemanja Matic.
Midfielder Matic was one of Chelsea’s finest performers last season, but has looked a shadow of the player he once was this season, which Mourinho attributes to a loss in confidence.
“Confidence is fundamental. Matic lost an easy pass when he came on, on Saturday, and the first reaction he had was to show a disappointment,” Mourinho said.
“When you are full of confidence you don’t show disappointment. You make a mistake, you know that you’re not going to make another mistake after. So (stay) calm, let’s go step by step.
“When you are a little bit fragile, simple. Make it simple. Think quick, make the right decision. Take the ball out of the pressure zone. Don’t be worried about making a beautiful pass. Just make that you don’t lose the ball, because if you lose the ball, you lose confidence. So, you know, step by step, step by step.”
Despite his side sitting 12th in the Premier League and already having lost in Europe, Mourinho added of their hunt for trophies: “We can win all four, we can lose all four. I think it is (possible), but I think it’s also possible to lose all four.”We are in October. Everything is open. We can win all four, we can lose all four.”