Jose Mourinho hits out at his "stupid" critics
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed his critics were "stupid" as his side's season hit rock bottom with a Capital One Cup defeat against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
Eden Hazard missed the decisive penalty kick as Chelsea lost 5-4 in a dramatic shoot-out, after the tie finished 1-1 following goals from Ireland's Jonathan Walters and a last gasp equaliser for the Blues from Loic Remy.
Mourinho now appears to be on the brink of being sacked by Chelsea, but he faced up to the media in a fiesty press conference to reject claims that his players have turned against him in typically forthright fashion.
“What the players did tonight is face some people that write and speak, and said: "You are stupid"," declared Mourinho, as he praised his team's improved display.
“What some people write and say is really bad for the players. Maybe they think my players are like them when they were players. My players don't do that, they tried everything.
“If anyone saw the second half the other day, playing with 10 men the way they did, it's a lack of respect for the players.”
"A few months ago I won a few matches and I was champion. People were saying there are things more important than results,” stated Mourinho.
“Now, people say results are the most important thing. It's a contradiction."
Mourinho insisted he didn't need any fresh assurances over his future at Chelsea and tried to claim he was content with his current plight.
"My general situation is fantastic," he added. "I have a day off tomorrow, I have a fantastic family, I can sleep well every night.
"Thursday is one more day like I have in the last 15 years of my life."
We now await the verdict from Chelsea on whether they will stand by Mourinho, with Liverpool set to arrive at Stamford Bridge at lunchtime on Saturday.