Chelsea manager José Mourinho has provided a timely reminder of his belief in his own managerial abilities in the wake of a disappointing exit from the Champions League.
The Capital One Cup winners, who will have a chance to extend their lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to eight points against Southampton on March 15, saw their hopes of securing an unlikely treble ended by Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week after losing out to the French champions on away goals following a controversial 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Questions concerning Chelsea's ability to apply the necessary finishing touches to an otherwise dominant season have inevitably been raised in the aftermath of such a dispiriting result, but Mourinho is clearly not suffering from a sudden lack of confidence.
"It is wrong to assume that," Mourinho was quoted by The Telegraph as saying when questioned as to whether a failure to win the Champions League with Chelsea means he cannot yet be satisfied in his managerial career.
"People are too much worried about me than they should [be]. They don't know what my happiness is. My happiness, first of all, is when I compare myself with the others [managers], I see just a few that are with me in terms of success.
"And the others I see a huge difference, a huge distance, with all the respect that they deserve and this is not a fight with them and I have lots of respect for all of them."
Mourinho has won the Champions League on two previous occasions with FC Porto and Inter Milan, of course, and is also one of only two managers currently working in the Premier League to have won the title twice.
Both are facts that the Portuguese is obviously keen to ensure are not forgotten in the aftermath of one poor result.
"But in the Premier League, who is European champion? Me and Van Gaal. Right? In the Premier League, how many won the Premier League twice or more than twice? Mr Wenger and myself," he continued.
"How many won every competition in this country? Community Shield, Capital One Cup, FA Cup, Premier League. How many? How many? You go to Europe, how many won seven league titles? How many won two Champions Leagues? Ancelotti wins three, Van Gaal two and Pep [Guardiola] has two. I am not content with that, but you are too much worried about myself."
Chelsea's hopes of winning the Premier League for the first time since 2010 were handed a huge boost on Saturday as defending champions City suffered a surprise 1-0 loss to relegation battlers Burnley.
Although Manuel Pellegrini's side enjoyed dominant spells of possession at Turf Moor, they failed to maintain any sort of positive tempo or create many clear-cut chances and will now have to rely on Chelsea suffering a huge dip in form between now and May if they are to stand any chance of retaining their title.