Chelsea suffered their infamous 8th defeat of the new Premier League season at the weekend when EPL’s basement boys, Bournemouth defeated them 1 – 0 at the Stamford Bridge. The loss leaves them on 14th position after 15 games, and the side’s Portuguese handler continues to be underfire. But reports say he won’t be shown the exit despite the loss, as the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich still stands on his promises to stand by the 52 year-old despite the champions poor start to the season. The Russian owner watched on helplessly on Saturday as his side failed to secure a much needed win.
The team returned to training on Sunday for preparations ahead of the midweek visit of Portuguese giants, Porto in the last Champions League game. A defeat will end Chelsea’s European elite competition’s campaign and it could lead to Mourinho’s eventual sack. Having earlier targeted a top 4 finish, being 14 points behind 4th-placed Manchester United at the moment has jeopardized their chances of ending in top 4, and a top 6 target is Mourinho’s new target. Abramovich sees Champions League qualifications as the minimum achievement every season, and failure to do so could force him to show Jose the sack.
The Russian has eyes on Pep Guardiola as a replacement for the dug out position if its declared empty, but his chances of being available are slim. The owner and coach also met concerning major squad changes by Winter and Summer in order to bring fresh legs to the Stamford Bridge. Despite Mourinho penning a new 4-year deal at the beginning of the season and enjoying fans’ supports, his future isn’t all that certain if results continue to go against the Blues.