Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident that he will avoid being axed by Blues owner Roman Abramovich even if his side fails to secure a top four finish, and the resultant Champions League berth, according to the Daily Mirror.
Mourinho has seen his Stamford Bridge side begin their Premier League title defence in shocking fashion, losing four of their opening eight fixtures, and this has led to speculation that the Portuguese boss could be facing the sack.
When asked whether he will be in position come what may, he replied: “Yes.”
When pressed on any differences between his relationship with Abramovich now and during his previous stint in charge of the West London club, Mourinho responded;
“It’s different for many reasons. I don’t think it’s different just now, but since the moment I came back in 2013. When I had my first conversation with the owner and the board in 2013.
“In the beginning of the season I said that this championship is so dangerous that, two years ago, Man United were out of the top four.
“Last year Liverpool were out of the top four. And this year somebody will be out of the top four. Somebody can be Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United, Man City, Arsenal.
“I’m not speaking about Tottenham, Everton and Swansea, teams that try and have a chance of being in amongst the top four.
“Somebody will be out. Do I think it’s Chelsea? No, I don’t think it’s Chelsea. But I said in pre-season, when everybody had zero points, that there’s a big risk because the competition is very difficult.”