The Blues boss has dismissed
any notion that the club will dip
into the transfer market in
January to salvage their
floundering league season Jose
Mourinho insists Chelsea are
capable of recovering from
their terrible start to the season
and finishing in the top four
without the need to bolster his
squad or “clean” out the
dressing room in January.

The Blues’ title defence has
been marred by a succession of
dismal displays, with the
reigning Premier League
champions currently 16th in
the standings, 15 points
behind co-leaders Manchester
City and Arsenal after losing
seven of their opening 12
fixtures.

There have also been reports of
dressing room unrest at
Stamford Bridge and talk that
Mourinho is planning a clear-
out during the January transfer
window.

However, the Portuguese
insists that Chelsea remain
united and can still secure
Champions League football for
next season.

“Yes, I’m confident we can get
into the top four,” the former
Inter and Real Madrid boss told
reporters on Friday. “I will not
ask for any change from the
board in January.

“I’m happy with the players, I’m
good with the players. I don’t
need to ‘clean’ the dressing
room, like some people are
saying, I don’t need to ask the
club to buy players in January.”

Mourinho also insisted that just
as he retains every confidence
in the players that won him the
title, he can still count on the
full support of owner Roman
Abramovich.

“We were champions four
months ago, not four years ago
or 10 years ago,” he added.

“The manager is the same, the
players are basically the same.

“Nobody gives me a four year
contract four months ago if
they don’t trust the person.
Nobody gives new contracts to
players like we did with them if
we didn’t trust them. There is
trust and there are reasons for
that.

“But obviously the power is in
the hands of the owner and
the board. They show they
trust us, now it’s time for us to
give a positive answer. I think
we are giving it but not in the
results.

“The owner, the board and the
supporters deserve a good
period. But even more than
them the players and me
deserve a good moment, I
believe it will arrive.

“Lots of matches are coming
now, four months with
national teams, four months
with three of the most
beautiful competitions to play.
Lots of matches. The situation
is good in the squad.”

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