Jose Mourinho claims he has “no right” to ask Roman Abramovich to spend on new players in January.
The Chelsea manager is adamant that he and his current squad have got his side into their deep hole and have a duty to dig them out.
After Angry Jose and Sulky Jose, here was Humble Jose as Mourinho insisted he does not deserve reinforcements.
Mourinho believes his men are capable of a top-four finish, despite a calamitous start to their title defence, which sees them 16th after three straight defeats – and he expects them to turn the corner when Norwich visit today.
The Blues boss said: “I’m not saying I won’t sign anyone. I’m just saying I won’t ask the club to do that. I don’t have the right to do it, in my opinion. I’d be more than happy with the squad I have now.
“I have no right to ask because our performance during this Premier League season is not good enough. If I ask for players, or if the clubs give me a handful of players, it’s like taking the responsibility out of us and saying we need extra to reach our objectives.
“I want the responsibility in my hands, these players to have the responsibility in their hands. I want the players to feel I trust them.
“I will not ask the board in January. I don’t need to clean the dressing room, as I heard was written somewhere. And I don’t need to ask the club to spend money in January.
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“We put ourselves in a great situation together by being champions. We put ourselves together in this situation in the Premier League – we have to be together, again, to put it right.”
Chelsea are still expected to bid for a striker in the window, with Diego Costa out of sorts and Radamel Falcao struggling for fitness – even though Mourinho claims he wants the on-loan Colombian to stay beyond January.
And Mourinho admits he wouldn’t say no, if a superstar became available.
“Of course, I’d say yes,” he said. “But not because I don’t trust my players, or that I think only a superstar will help us reach our objectives.”
Asked if Chelsea can make history and become the first team to secure Champions League qualification after such a wretched start to the season, he answered: “Yes.”
And, of the Norwich game, he insisted: “We are going to play well and get a good result. The players are enthusiastic, confident, they know they are playing more than OK. Results will come. The next match is the match when it will come. We are positive. We are not going to start the game under any kind of pressure.”
Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo gave public backing to Mourinho this week.
But the manager said: “Nothing that went public is something I don’t know before. We were champions four months ago. Not four years ago. Or 10 years ago. The manager is the same. The players are basically the same too.
“Nobody gives new contracts to players, like we did to so many of them, if we don’t trust the players.
“In a couple of weeks, Falcao will come back from injury. Thibaut Courtois in December, too. We really believe good things are waiting for us.”