Jose Mourinho is feeling the pressure as Chelsea tries to mount a comeback to salvage the season after winning only two out the eight first league games.
Reigning champions Chelsea sits in 16th place with only eight points in eight games. The Blues is on a three-game winless streak that includes defeats to Porto in the Champions League and Southampton in the league. The 3-1 defeat to Southampton came right before the international break.
Mourinho acknowledges that the situation is critical and that his side needs to start putting a string of victories together.
“Every game is a must win game and when we don’t win it’s always a frustration,” Mourinho told The Daily Mail.
“But we cannot run away from the reality of the situation. ‘We need to win matches for us, for the Chelsea supporters.”
Mourinho still believes that Chelsea can finish in the Top 4 and get a spot in the Champions League.
“I don’t know how to stop unfair stories but we are not worried,” Mourinho said. “We are not going to be relegated – in a couple of months we will be in a position we want to be in.
“[On Friday] we had a good conversation again. We laugh a lot because Diego Costa found the reasons for the bad results.
“I cannot tell you [but] he gave us the solution to go back to victories.”
Mourinho also spoke about English prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The English Under-21 international has yet to play a full 90 minutes for Chelsea this season.
‘Ruben has been working with us every day since January and has evolved physically, tactically, mentally. We can start him. He is ready,” Mourinho said.