Reaction after defending champions Chelsea were knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City following a penalty shoot-out on Tuesday (27th October), putting more pressure on ‘Blues’ manager Jose Mourinho.

“My general situation is fantastic, i have a day off tomorrow, fantastic family, i sleep well every night, i am going to enjoy my day and Thursday, one more day like i had in my last 15 days of my life, honest, dedicated.”

“You know, what I think, what the players did tonight, is the same as they face some people that writes and that speaks, and they say ‘you are stupid’. Because, honestly, do you think the players are not with me?

Do you think the players didn’t give everything to win the game? That’s really sad because…it’s not sad for me: I think it’s sad for the players. I think it’s a lack of respect to the players. Not to me. Not to me. For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players are against me (because) I could say ‘we don’t have results because the players are against me.’ It would be a fantastic situation for me. I think what some people write and say, I think it’s really bad for the players. It’s really bad.

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