Defiant Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will not let their Champions League exit derail their Premier League title charge.
The Blues were knocked out of the competition by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night on away goals as Thiago Silva headed home in extra time.
Mourinho admitted afterwards that his team had not been good enough against the French but wouldn’t expand on why before discussing it with his players.
He held a team meeting at Cobham this week and thrashed out the details of the defeat with his squad and is confident they will respond on Sunday against Southampton.
Mourinho said: “I reflect with the players, not with you. I had a meeting with the players. I’m working for the future. I don’t have to share with you.
“We were speaking and discussing and were very interactive.
“If you want to speak about the Champions League you have to go to Arsene Wenger or Manuel Pellegrini as they are still in the Champions League.
“We are out of the Champions League. We were not good enough. We didn’t make the result we needed.”
“Be optimistic. Be positive. We want to beat Southampton. We cannot promise we will win the Premier League but we are optimistic.
“We start the season on the same points as Man City. We now have five more points. I think in this moment it is easier.
“We failed in a knockout game. We didn’t fail in knockout against Liverpool. We fail against Bradford. The reality is we don’t lose a game since then.
"I'm not like you in that you go with the wind. I trust my players when I win and when I lose. We lose together and we win together.
“I wish Man City and Arsenal do better than us and go to the quarter final."
Meanwhile, Mourinho confirmed Chelsea have no new injury concerns ahead of the visit of the Saints. John Obi Mikel is still unavailable as he recovers from minor surgery.
The Blues boss added: "“My doctor told me after the game maybe we have a couple of injuries because we lost. I told the doctor I don’t believe. Zero injuries. Everyone wants to play."