Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho feels sorry for the Blues but insists they have had a bad season because they have failed to win anything.
Chelsea sacked Mourinho's successor, Avram Grant, on Saturday evening after the west London side lost the Champions League and Carling Cup finals as well as finishing second to Manchester United in the Premier League.
Mourinho, who left Stamford Bridge in September 2007, told The Observer when asked if Chelsea had had a good season: "That depends on your philosophy of leadership.
"In my philosophy it was a very bad one because in football 'almost' means defeat and Chelsea almost won the Carling Cup, almost won the Champions League and almost won the Premier League. Almost is nothing.
"After two titles per season for the last three years there were zero titles this season, which in my philosophy means a really bad season. Maybe in the philosophy of a loser this was a great season, which I respect.
"I am very sad about what happened. In the last two years this team lost a Champions League final and a Champions League semi-final on penalties. The supporters deserve more, (the players) and some others deserve happiness. I still think of them as my boys.
"I believe that after an empty season new success will come to Chelsea. And I will always be a Chelsea supporter."