Jose Mourinho on owner backing, huge Champions League tie and injury update

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of his side's crucial Champions League group match against Porto.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho seemed confident that he will retain the backing of owner Roman Abramovich regardless of the outcome of Wednesday night's final Champions League group stage game with Porto.

A defeat for Mourinho's side would almost certainly mean they will drop into the Europa League, which will add to the woes of a poor domestic campaign which sees his side two points above the relegation zone and out of the League Cup. 

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as shown on Chelsea's club TV channel: "I think I did lots of good things in this club for the owner to know the quality I have and if the owner shows me that belief twice; one, when he brought me back to the club, and two when he gave me a new contract of four years, I don't think the owner changes with the wind."

Mourinho said he hadn't read or watched the comments that came from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who urged Chelsea to stick with Mourinho despite this season's troubles, with the BBC reporting Ferguson saying it would be foolish for the Premier League champions to part company with Mourinho.

The Chelsea manager has said that a lack of goals is a problem for his team, but said that his side are creating enough chances to win games, and at times someone needs to be there just to tap the ball into the net.

"We are having so many situations where you just need a tap in or one touch and we are not having that, that is for sure," he said.

"I feel our work is really good. There is a contradiction between our work and what is happening on the pitch."

Mourinho says his side have not lacked leadership on the pitch this season despite their wretched league position, which sees them two points above the relegation zone, and said that John Terry and Ramires 'look fine' indicating they can return to the squad for Wednesday night's pivotal tie.

The Chelsea manager was asked about trying to get back into the Champions League next season and was asked whether the Europa League would be an easier route in.

He replied with: "If you are knocked out of Champions League you should go home and focus on domestic competitions. But because the rules say third in the group goes into the Europa League it is a good way for teams knocked out of the Champions League to win the competition and be back in the Champions League next season.

"But we don’t want that, we want to be in the Champions League and to be playing Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. To do that, we have to win tomorrow."

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