Jose Mourinho: Referees are afraid to give Chelsea penalties - and the Blues would be wrong to sack me

'If the FA want to punish me, they punish me. It's not a problem for me'

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Jose Mourinho has blamed referee Robert Madley for defeat to Southampton as he was  "afraid" to give Chelsea a penalty at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues fell to a 3-1 defeat at home after taking the lead, leaving the Blues 16th in the Premier League with just eight points from their first eight matches. 

The Portuguese boss also said that the Chelsea hierarchy would be wrong to sack him, despite the club's worst start since 1962, a season in which they were relegated from the old First Division.

"The result (score) 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don't get and I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me they punish me, it is not a problem for me," he told Sky Sports after the game.

"We have a penalty, and the penalty is a giant penalty and he was afraid to give - like everyone is afraid to give - a penalty. And after that the team lost even more confidence.

"Psychologically the team is unbelievably down, it looks like good players are bad players.

"The first half was again where we didn't show our quality but we were more than in control and one mistake, lack of concentration and one goal and and you are in a tough time.

"In normal circumstances you come into the second half you do your game, no panic.

"This team need to finish the first half winning two or three nil, with the fear disappearing into the second half to play with a free spirit.

"That's what the team needs but it is not happening."

Willian opened the scoring with an excellent free-kick, his fourth goal of the season, with Steven Davis equalising before half-time. Sadio Mane then pounced on a John Terry error to put the visitors in front before Graziano Pelle sealed the game with a third.

"The second goal is an individual mistake, the third goal is an individual mistake and the team mentally tried, but they collapsed because they are in such a low moment."

But Mourinho claimed it would be a mistake for Chelsea to sack in him the wake of the loss. 

"I want to make it clear, I don't run away at all," he said.

"If the club want to sack me, they have to sack me because I'm not running away from my responsibility and my team. I'm more convinced that we will finish top four and that is okay.

"I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club had and the message is bad results and the manager is guilty."

"This is a moment for people to assume their responsibilities. I assume my responsibility and the players should assume theirs too.

"There are other people at the club who should assume their responsibilities and stick together."

He added: "I consider myself to have a big self-esteem and a big ego, and I consider myself the best, leaving the worst period of my career and worst results of my career.

"Doing that as a professional hurts me a lot, doing that at Chelsea hurts me twice because it hurts me as a professional and because I like this club very, very much so I want to carry on, no doubt."

Additional reporting from PA

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