Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has mocked his critics following the 2-0 win over Fulham which now sees the Blues top of the Premiership table on goal difference.
The victory was Chelsea’s first win in four games counting the loss to Basel in the Champions’ League group stage a series of games the Blue’s boss described jokingly of as “very bad”.
“That’s what I read – it was a disaster,” said the Portuguese.
“It looks like for the others, to lose is a normal thing and it looks like for us it’s the end of the world.”
Chelsea started the match with Fulham having only managing seven points out of four games, the worst star to any season in the last ten years.
Two second half goals from Oscar and John Mikel Obi helped them move ahead of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham, who have now all lost one game.
“After a bad start that everybody kept telling me is the worst start for about a decade, today I go to bed and look at the table and nobody is in front of us,” Mourinho added.
“I’ve been in football for a long time and when results are not good I’m not expecting people to speak well about our team.
“But I’m building a different team and the most difficult thing is first to change the philosophy. That takes a little bit of time.
“We are not playing especially well, the results are not especially good, but the beauty of the Premier League is that everybody loses points, so no dramas.
“The reality is we are there – we have 10 points. I have to say I never worked so hard as I’m doing this season with this group of players.”
There has been much speculation as to the future of Juan Mata, who was not even selected for the squad, yet Mourinho says he will play in the Capital One Cup against Swindon on Tuesday and that it was up to him to prove the Portuguese manager wrong.
“I hope he tells me on the pitch ‘you are wrong, I’m the best and I have to play every game’,” said Mourinho.
“I would love that. I’m waiting for a professional reaction. I want him to be fantastic. I hope he can.
“I gave Juan the chance to play from the beginning against Aston Villa, from the beginning against Everton, 30-35 minutes against Basel.
“The past is the past, what matters is now. You have to be judged for what you do now.
“I have my options, but the thing that I most love in football is when the players prove that I’m wrong.”