Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called Chelsea’s start to the season “the worst period” in his career.
Mourinho, 52, and his team has had a tough start to the season, both in the league and in the Champions League. The reigning league champions sits in 14th place ahead of the game against Southampton on Saturday. Mourinho spoke about the poor start in his pre-game press conference on Friday.
“I define it as the worst period in my career with the worst results in my career,” Mourinho told The Guardian. “I get it as a fantastic experience – an experience that I don’t want to repeat. I want to finish it tomorrow and win some matches again. I think it comes too late [in my career]. To come after 15 years is too late, but it’s something that is helping me to be better. A great negative experience. It’s the worst period, the worst results. I’ve never lost so many matches. That’s a fact.
“But we [manager and squad] communicate openly. There are no prima donnas crying. Everyone wants to do well and accepts the criticisms, knows the job and knows what is letting the team down. Nobody wants to do that, but that’s the reality: for the second goal against Porto, Maicon should have been surrounded by three of our players, but they failed. They let the team down. But they know. We spoke about it because we try not to make mistakes, and when you make mistakes you have to speak about it.
“You know what I call that? In football? ‘Coaching’. Coaching. We speak about it. If it happens in the first half, we speak at half-time. If it happens in the second half, we speak the next day. Never after the game. Never. But in here we speak openly: ‘You did that’, ‘you could have done that’, ‘you could help your mate’, ‘I did that mistake but you could do a bit better to compensate for my mistake’. I don’t have prima donnas who cannot be criticized.”
Chelsea are coming off a 2-1 mid-week loss to FC Porto in the Champions League.