Having recorded their 9th loss in the Premier League yesterday against Leicester City, Chelsea have left many of their supporters frustrated with both the performance and the result, especially given their previous performance against Porto in the Champions League. That poor showing could puts manager Jose Mourinho right back in the hot seat, something he was obviously asked about following the loss:
"The only thing I can say is that I want to be [here]. I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough, three years this time, plus three years another time, that I am not afraid of a big challenge, and in this moment this is a real big challenge. I want to stay, I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay."
Most Chelsea fans might see a way out of this bad form in the winter transfer market, where the club could look to make key adjustments to certain areas of the squad. Mourinho thinks otherwise though, claiming it's up to our current squad members to pick up the slack, humbling themselves to the level of players as hard-working as Leicester's.
"My board, my club I don't think it's right that I go to them and say these players are not good, we need to spend £50m or £100m or whatever, I don't think it's fair. We have these players and it's with these players we have to go [forward]."
"The players that are not performing well, they must feel attacked in their pride and their self-esteem and they have to do everything to get results in a humble way."
"I don't think in this moment they can feel they are top players or they can feel they are superstars. They have to look at the Leicester boys and to feel these are the stars, these are the top players."
"They have to look to Sunderland and Watford and say: ‘We are at the same level. I am not the superstar, I am not the player of the season, I am not the world champion, I am not the Premier League champion. At this moment, I am at your level.'"
-José Mourinho; Source: The Guardian
We might argue in most forums over Mourinho's tactics, line-ups and squad management skills but it's quite clear that some - or most - of our players are underperforming. Whether or not the squad and the manager will have the strength to work things out not only this season remains to be seen.