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Mourinho says he's embarrassed by unwavering support of fans

Jose Mourinho is embarrassed by the adulation from Chelsea supporters which comes during a miserable season. Defending champions Chelsea are 14th in the Premier League entering this weekend's fixtures and could even be in the relegation zone before their Monday fixture at leaders Leicester.

The 52-year-old's position as boss appears precarious despite Chelsea advancing to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night against Porto.

In front of Roman Abramovich, who on October 5 issued the first managerial vote of confidence in 12 years as owner in support of Mourinho, the Blues fans lauded the Portuguese and rose in unison to salute their boss once victory was sealed.

"When people are so nice to me and they sing my name and 'Stand up for the Special One', I feel a bit embarrassed, because I don't know how to react," Mourinho said.

Mourinho was unhappy to see Garry Monk lose his job as Swansea boss this week and criticised the culture of firing managers.

He remains convinced he will stay in charge after signing a four-year contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season.

Mourinho says the display against his former club Porto was so much better that it marked a return to form.

"The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressure match was so good that I don't see any reason for the players not to have the same kind of answer," Mourinho said.

Mourinho has a fully-fit squad to choose from at Leicester and Cesc Fabregas could again find himself as a substitute.

Mourinho said he completely trusts the midfielder, despite his under-par showings this term.

"Every minute he's on the pitch the commitment is there, the professionalism is there," he said.

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