Jose Mourinho is unsure whether Chelsea will make the top four this season but has pointed out that other big clubs have failed to do so in the past.
Chelsea, the defending Premier League champions, enter this weekend’s fixtures 15th in the table after losing half of their 10 games, including last Saturday at West Ham, while their Capital One Cup defence ended at Stoke on Tuesday.
Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: “I don’t have to tell you.”
Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt.
Asked if he can guarantee Chelsea a place in Europe’s elite competition next term, Mourinho said: “I cannot promise.”
He then pointed to the failure of Liverpool and Manchester United to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons.
Mourinho added: “Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club that I choose to come (to). It’s a club I live in a very specific way every day.
“Liverpool is a big club, Man United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League.
“Two years ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions League – not even Europa League – and won nothing.
“They are still a monster club, but that’s football.”
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