Mourinho unbowed as Chelsea crisis worsens

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LONDON: 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.

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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.”

Chelsea looked to have put their recent woes behind them when Ramires celebrated his new four-year contract by heading in Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the fourth minute on a sunny Halloween afternoon in west London.

But Coutinho curled home a fine equalizer with his left foot in first-half stoppage time and then put Liverpool ahead in the 74th minute before substitute Christian Benteke sealed the champions’ fate.

Chelsea’s defenders stood off Coutinho and Benteke for the two late goals that decided the game, but Mourinho, who substituted Eden Hazard in the 58th minute after another off-color display, said he was in “no doubt” that the players were still behind him.

AFP

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