Mourinho: Chelsea should not sack me

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes that the club would be making a grave mistake if they decide to sack him. 

Chelsea suffered their fourth loss of the season when they were stunned 3-1 by Southampton on Saturday. The Blues found themselves ahead in the 10th minute before Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle all scored to leave the reigning Premier League champions in 16th place on the standings. 

"If the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I don't run away from my responsibilities," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had. The message is that the results are the fault of the manager.

"This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities and stick together."

Mourinho believes that poor officiating was to blame for the loss to Southampton as referee Robert Madley did not give Chelsea a penalty when Radamel Falcao was brought down by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. 

"Look, I think you know me and I think you know I don't run away from responsibilities," he told Sky Sports. "Because we are in such a bad moment we shouldn't be afraid to be honest.

"The referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. Once more we don't get the penalty at a crucial moment in the game.

"The penalty in this game is crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens, they collapse. The penalty was a giant penalty, and after that the team lost even more confidence."

Mourinho made it clear that he doesn't care if he is reprimanded by the FA for his comments and added that the referees have not given any decisions in favour of Chelsea this season. 

"If they [the FA] want to punish me, they can punish me. They don't punish other managers," he said. I want to say it again: referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.

"The penalty was a giant penalty and the referee was afraid to give it like everyone else is afraid to give it."

The 52-year-old admitted that Chelsea are highly unlikely to retain their title this season, but firmly believes that the Blues are capable of finishing in the top four. 

"To be champions now is very difficult because the distance is so much, but I am convinced we will finish in the top four," he said.