Amid the recent turmoil facing Chelsea, boss Jose Mourinho did not take well to the 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday which has sent the reigning Premier League champions to 16th place on the league table.
Following the defeat, Mourinho delivered one of the most shocking press conferences that would continue to linger on in the memories of pundits and fans alike.
When asked by a reporter on his reaction to the defeat to the Saints, Mourinho dragged the match referees, other managers and his own players into his reply and one surprising thing was to hear the self-acclaimed Special One blab about him having to get sacked by the club as he will not be walking away.
“If the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away,” Mourinho said. To be champions now is very difficult because the distance is so much but I am convinced we will finish in the top-four. It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had. The message is that the results are the faults of the manager.
“This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities and stick together.
“Look, I think you know me and I don’t run away from my responsibilities. First I want to say because we are in such a bad moment you should not be afraid to be honest.
“The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. At 1-1, it is a huge penalty and once again we don’t get. If the FA wants to punish me they can. They don’t punish other managers. My players deserve it and the fans deserve it.
“Referees are always afraid to give decisions for Chelsea, why because there is always a question mark and we are always punished. Clear penalties are not given, even in the Champions League in a match we lose 2-1 we are not given a penalty in the last minute.
“The penalty in this game is crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens they collapse.
“The penalty was a giant penalty and after that the team lost even more confidence.”
This suggests a clear meltdown from Mourinho, which is unlike him. The Portuguese boss looked scared, worried and cut a figure of someone who already knows he is not thee best man for the job anymore.