The Pensioners have been heavily linked with moves for AS Monaco starlet Bernardo Silva and Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira in the January transfer window [both via Express], while various names have been mooted as a potential replacement for out-of-sorts frontman Diego Costa [Daily Star].
However, speaking after Monday’s showing, Mourinho has insisted that he won’t be pressuring the Chelsea board into reinvesting heavily in the squad during the January transfer window.
“I don’t think it is right I go to the board and say these players are not good and we need to spend 50 or 100 or whatever,” the Portuguese coach told Chelsea’s official website.
“We have these players and it is with these players we have to go, and the players that are not performing well must feel attacked in their pride, in their self-esteem and they have to do everything to get results in a humble way.”
Chelsea’s latest set back leaves them in dire straits in the EPL table; they find themselves in 16th after 16 matches, and only one point off the relegation zone.
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Last year’s champions are enduring a truly nightmarish campaign, having won only four matches and losing nine to date.
Mourinho admitted after Monday’s defeat that the Blues can forget about a return to the Champions League via a top-four place [Sky Sports via Goal], although it remains to be seen how the former Real Madrid can turn things around with the under-performing players at his disposal.