Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he does not fear for his future at the club.
The Blues' early season struggles continued on Tuesday when they were beaten on penalties by Stoke City in the Capital One Cup. The defeat comes after the defending Premier League champions have lost five of their opening 10 league fixtures.
This has led to speculation that Mourinho's job is on the line, but the Portuguese tactician has said that he is not feeling any undue pressure ahead of the weekend's clash with Liverpool.
"I have a day off tomorrow, a fantastic family, I can sleep well every night," said Mourinho.
"I'm going to enjoy my day and Thursday, it will be one more day like I have had in the last 15 years of my life – honest and dedicated."
Mourinho hit out at newspaper reports that he had lost the dressing room, asserting that he has the complete backing of his players.
"Honestly, do you think they are not with me? That they didn't give everything to win the game?" he said.
"That is really sad – not sad for me, but sad for the players – and I think it is a lack of respect to the players, not to me.
"For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players are against me. I could say we don't have results because the players are against me."
Despite his side's defeat on Tuesday, Mourinho praised their effort after bouncing back from a disappointing 2-1 defeat to West Ham last week to put in a spirited display.
"What the players did tonight (Tuesday) is face some people that write and speak, and said: 'You are stupid'," he said.
"What some people write and say is really bad for the players. Maybe they think my players are like them when they were players. My players don't do that. They tried everything."