Mourinho unyielding as Blues' crisis worsens
CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho vowed to plough on attempting to resurrect his team's desperate season despite a 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool, creating yet more scrutiny of his position.
Liverpool's win, inspired by a brace from Philippe Coutinho, condemned Chelsea to their sixth defeat in 11 league games and left the reigning champions just four points above the Premier League relegation zone in 15th place.
But despite reports suggesting that he is at risk of the sack, Mourinho does not think that he has presided over his last Chelsea match and said that he would soon be turning his thoughts to Wednesday's Champions League home game against Dynamo Kiev.
"I go home, I go to find a sad family," he told journalists at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, after being asked what the immediate future held for him.
"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 (Sunday) morning and the game for Wednesday."
Characteristically, he reserved his sharpest criticism for referee Mark Clattenburg, who elected not to show Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva a second yellow card for a clear trip on Ramires in the second half.
He said that he could not fully articulate his complaints for fear of being "punished by the FA", which has already fined him for criticising referees this season, but he challenged the reporters present to shed light on the perceived injustices.
"You are all intelligent guys," said the Portuguese, whose side were also knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City last week. "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. Or I give you some 5 per cent of personality so you can say what you see, you are not afraid of it."
The focus on Mourinho took some of the attention away from Juergen Klopp, who registered his first league victory as Liverpool manager.
Asked if he felt sympathy for Mourinho, the former Borussia Dortmund coach replied: "Of course I feel for him. He's a great coach.
"I don't think anyone in this room is in doubt that he is one of the best managers in the world. But things like these happen."
Liverpool are unbeaten in Klopp's five games at the helm, and have climbed to seventh place in the league table, but he reacted with incredulity when it was put to him that his side could challenge for the title.
"Oh please," he replied. "Are you crazy?"
Another manager who is under scrutiny is Manchester United's Louis van Gaal, whose misfiring men failed to find the net once again in a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
The Premier League stalemate was the team's third 0-0 draw in a row, highlighting fans' frustration with van Gaal's more deliberate style of play and his decision to sell three strikers and replace them with just one.
With Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey having to make only one save in the entire game, van Gaal admitted his side were second best, but insisted they must bounce back when they resume their Champions League campaign at Old Trafford on Tuesday.