“Why have Chelsea suffered so much since I left? Because I left,” said Mourinho, with a cheeky grin.
He insisted he was joking, but his additional comments underlined the point.
“They know what the good feeling of winning is, and when you have this you don’t ever want to have the bad taste of losing,” he said. “What’s changed is Chelsea won six trophies when I was there, and now in the last one-and-a-half years they’ve won zero.
“This is the big change, and it causes a disturbance because people get used to winning. Players know what the meaning of winning is. So do the supporters and so does the board.
“When you win and then stop winning, life is not so good and you are not so happy. I still don’t think it’s a big drama. They can still win trophies this season. They are in a good position, and if it doesn’t happen this season they can in the future.
“It seems to be different for Chelsea than other clubs. Chelsea have not won for one-and-a-half years, Arsenal have not won the title for five years. It looks like everything is good at Arsenal, but at Chelsea everything is in bits. Maybe Chelsea has a different, winning character.
Suggestions that Abramovich has fallen out of love with Chelsea looked short of the mark as he sat twitching, fidgeting and even nervously biting his nails alongside new Stamford Bridge boss Guus Hiddink at Vicarage Road against Watford.
The Russian tycoon was clearly going through agonies as Chelsea once again laboured to overcome lowly opposition, with Championship strugglers Watford even taking a shock 67th- minute lead through Tamas Priskin.
An FA Cup humiliation was all the mega-rich oligarch needed this week. But in the end he relaxed as a quick-fire hat-trick from Nicolas Anelka in the final 15 minutes brought Chelsea back from the brink and booked their place in the quarter finals.
Abramovich smiled and clapped — in contrast to a stern-looking Hiddink, whose face barely budged all day.
In reply to scolari’s statement , in chelsea having no special players mourinho said:
“Don’t tell me they are not special. They are players I had and they are some of the most special players and people in world football,” he said. “They are some of the most talented players I have ever worked with.
“If you look at somebody like Ricky Carvalho he is so gifted I took him from Porto with me to Chelsea. You look at the squad and I ask myself is there a better central defender pairing than Ricky and John Terry? Is there a better striker in the world than Didier Drogba on his day? Is there a better box-to-box midfield player than Frank Lampard?
“If the answer is yes there are not many. It is the same squad of players that have won two Premier League titles, and it is the same squad of players that lost the Champions League Final by a one penalty kick.”
While Mourinho plots a path to his first Serie A title with Inter Milan, he’ll have one eye at events at his former club, where he believes Guus Hiddink can still salvage the season.
Mourinho said about Guus Hiddink:
“He is one of the world’s best managers and he is coming in at a time where he can only really improve the results and the morale of the team,” he said.
“He looks like a manager who will command respect and is a football man through and through. They are not out of the PremierLeague race but Manchester United look excellent and I expect Sir Alex Ferguson to add another title to his cabinet this season.
“Chelsea can still win a cup though, and I said at the start of the season that there are six or seven clubs that can win the Champions League. Chelsea are very much one of them. Will doing two jobs be hard? Yes, I am sure it will. I am not sure how you could monitor players in Russia when you are in London, but make no mistake — Chelsea have got a winner in him and he needs to start winning from day one.”
If he doesn’t, the eternal shadow of Jose will claim another scalp.