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Ashamed Jose Mourinho admits Chelsea's top four hopes have been ended

By Sean Taylor

Jose Mourinho declared that he felt ashamed as his Chelsea team slumped to a ninth Premier League defeat of the season.

And the Stamford Bridge boss conceded that the Blues won't claim a Champions League spot through the league after the 2-1 loss at the hands of table-topping Leicester City.

Jamie Vardy continued his remarkable scoring run by netting his 15th goal of the season, with Riyad Mahrez scored the Foxes' second.

Loic Remy grabbed a late consolation for Chelsea, but there was little for Mourinho to be cheery about.

The Portuguese, however, still expects to challenge for a European place, because all the other contenders are slipping up.

"We can't finish in the top four, but we can still finish in the top six because so many teams are dropping points," he said.

"But at the moment we're in a zone where I feel ashamed."

Mourinho also said that he felt "betrayed" by his players after Leicester's two goals came from situations that he had warned them about.

"I think they deserved to win because they were better than us during a long period of time," he said.

"We conceded two goals that were unacceptable. One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel like my work was betrayed.

"All last season I did phenomenal work and brought them to a level that is not their level and more than they really are... or this season we are doing so bad.

"Today we made two defensive mistakes and we pay.

"They were goals that I cannot accept. They are goals that were studied and we have practiced for three days.

"I feel bad because I don't understand how we can concede these goals."

Mourinho then repeated his intention to remain in charge, despite being just a single point above the relegation zone.

"The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager," he said.

"I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.

"I want to stay and I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay because I want to stay."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri added: "We had a fantastic one hour and the last 30 minutes we suffered a lot. But they are the champions and we had to suffer to win the match.

"All the players believe in and help each other. Only in this way can you win against big champions.

"I told the players we need another five points (to stay up). I put a target of 40 points at the beginning of the season and when we achieve this we change the target.

"I think about how we can improve. They are very, very calm and have to improve a lot.

"It's a magical time, but we must continue to work hard. I don't want to wake up, I want to continue to dream with our fans."

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