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Jose Mourinho: I'll go if players don't back me

Chelsea 1 - Southampton 3

By Matt McGeehan

Jose Mourinho says he will only quit Chelsea if he loses the backing of the players. Mourinho is in the midst of the worst run of results of his trophy-laden career, but he remains happy with his handling of Chelsea's miserable season, saying: "I am not afraid, I'm not crying, I'm not desperate".

Southampton's 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday left the Premier League champions 16th in the standings and led to the inevitable suggestion that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be firing another manager.

Chelsea took the lead through Willian, before goals from Steven David, Saido Mane and Graziano Pelle sealed the win for the Saints.

Mourinho, who insisted he would not resign, suggested the media should speak directly to the players who do not go on international duty, captain John Terry among them, to ask whether they are supporting the Portuguese, rather than report speculation.

"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players," Mourinho said.

"Get a table at Cobham (Chelsea's training ground) next week - John Terry doesn't go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn't go, Ramires doesn't go. Ask them.

"If they tell you they don't trust me, (that) is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table."

Mourinho insisted he was handling the spell well, after a fourth loss in eight Premier League games.

"It makes me understand how big a guy I am," the Portuguese said. "When you win and you win titles and you are champion, life is easy. It's easy to be proud. It's easy to be what you are.

"In this moment it's not so easy and my feelings - I'm so unhappy with the sport feeling of defeat but I am so happy with myself with the way I am facing this."

Mourinho does not doubt the quality of his squad and believes an about-turn in confidence or good fortunate will help his players sooner or later.

"They need to feel luck, they need to arrive at half-time winning 2-0, 3-0," Mourinho said.

"They need to fly without pressure, they need to play and feel that everything is going in their favour."

CHELSEA: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires (Matic 46), Fabregas, Willian (Pedro 64), Oscar, Hazard, Falcao, Matic (Remy 73).

Subs Not Used: Zouma, Baba, Blackman, Loftus-Cheek.

Booked: Ramires,Falcao.

Goals: Willian 10.

SOUTHAMPTON: Stekelenburg, Cedric Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu (Ward-Prowse 46), Wanyama, Mane (Yoshida 90), Steven Davis, Tadic (Rodriguez 78), Pelle.

Subs Not Used: Kelvin Davis, Long, Martina, Juanmi.

Booked: Romeu, Bertrand, Mane, Ward-Prowse, Pelle.

Goals: Steven Davis 44,Mane 60,Pelle 72.

Attendance: 41,642

Referee: Robert Madley (W Yorkshire).

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