Worst period of my career, says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Mourinho rues recent form; hopes his team gain momentum vs Southampton today
London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is in the midst of the worst period of his trophy-laden career.
The Premier League champions have two wins from seven games this term and followed up last Saturday’s draw at Newcastle with a midweek Champions League loss at Porto.
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“I define (this) as the worst period of my career, with the worst results in my career,” said Mourinho, whose side host Southampton today.
“I get it as a fantastic experience — an experience that I don’t want to repeat. I want to finish tomorrow and win some matches again. I think it comes too late, to come after 15 years is too late, but it’s something that is helping me to be better, a great negative experience.”
Mourinho insists it is not the most challenging period, but the worst in terms of results.
He said: “I had a big challenge all the time. It’s the worst results. I’ve never lost so many matches. That’s a fact.”
He criticised team doctor Eva Carneiro and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the field to treat Eden Hazard.
And Mourinho was cleared by the Football Association on Wednesday of making discriminatory comments towards Carneiro. FA chairman Greg Dyke has told officials that Mourinho committed “a failure of his personal judgement and public behaviour” in his criticism of Carneiro, while independent board member Heather Rabbatts launched a stinging attack on the FA for its “seriously disappointing” handling of the case.