Jose Mourinho claimed he felt ‘betrayed’ by his Chelsea players after seeing the champions suffer a 2-1 defeat at table-topping Leicester City, but insisted he is determined to meet the challenge of reviving his crisis-torn champions.
Goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez condemned Chelsea to their eleventh defeat of the campaign in all competitions, with Loic Remy’s late goal failing to spark a late fightback.
But with Chelsea now hovering just one point above the relegation zone, Mourinho insisted that his preparation for the game had been in vain due to his players failing to take heed of his instructions.
“One of my best qualities is that I can read the game and identify the strengths of the opponent and tell my players what they are,” Mourinho said. “So it it is a big frustration to accept the goals because my work was betrayed, if that is the right word.
“I worked four days in this match. I prepared everything related to the opponent. I identify four movements where they scored almost every their goals.
“My players got all that information in last three days, you can ask them, they are honest guys who will tell you it is true.
“But in the situations I identify, we concede the first and second goal. The mistakes were there.”
Despite his decision to publicly criticise his players for failing to stick to the game plan, Mourinho insisted he was ready to fight on as manager.
“The only thing I can say is that I want to be (the manager.)” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think that you know me well enough, six years here, that I am not afraid of a big challenge.
“At this moment, it is a real big challenge and I want to stay. I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay.
“I know that the board wants the best for this club. I would like the board to analyse the situation, the budget, the balance of the club and what they were expecting.”