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Published: 14:43 | 17/12/15

Mourinho grateful for support


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thanked fans for standing by him despite the club's dismal run of form this season but he admits he feels embarrassed by the level of support he has received.

The reigning Premier League champions find themselves 14th in the table, just two points clear of the relegation zone, after losing eight of the 15 games this have played this season.

Despite the poor results owner Roman Abramovich has yet to lose faith in the manager, while the club's fans have also shown their support for the Portuguese and he admits he has not deserved it this year.

"Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed to be fair, their support is more than I could expect after such a bad season. I know that last season we were champions but this season has been really bad," he explained.

"But we like to play at Stamford Bridge – the fans are being unbelievable. I even feel a little bit unsure how to react when they sing my name and I feel a bit embarrassed because I do not know how to react.

"When you are the champion you wave and share the emotion. I know for sure the Chelsea fans don’t need to be reminded of the memories, that is for sure.

"They don’t need that special vitamin to improve memories, because if not they would not sing the Special One to me, or to treat the players the way they do. For sure we want to play at Stamford Bridge and that is not a problem for us."

Despite the poor campaign, Mourinho believes he deserves to be given the opportunity to turn things around and feels Garry Monk was unlucky to be sacked by Swansea.

"I think my situation in terms of getting bad results is not normal, but the situation where I have kept the job and to had the chance to improve and to finish the work is normal. What is not normal and not fair is what is happening almost every day," he responded when asked about Monk's sacking.

"I am always against the sack. I think the end of the season is the moment to change things when people analyse the work of the season and believe that the best time is to change.

"I feel very sorry for Garry, I feel he did the work that impressed last season, he was doing so well and showing some great qualities as a manager so it is a surprise. That is the reality.

"This is a new tendency in English football, because the opinion makers have an influence, lots of people without ethics are surrounding the houses with problems. In the end Garry was a victim."

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