LOSING CHELSEA players are giving 100% for under-fire manager Jose Mourinho, midfielder John Obi Mikel has said, adding that the Premier League champions needed a bit of luck to turn their fortunes around.
Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Liverpool capped a miserable seven days for the Blues, who lost to West Ham United in the league the previous weekend and were knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke City on penalties.
Mourinho, who signed a new four-year contract in August, led his team to a domestic double last season, adding the League Cup to the Premier League title.
However, with just 11 points from 11 league games, Chelsea are languishing down in 15th place in the table, 10 points behind fourth placed Manchester United.
Saturday’s sixth league defeat means Chelsea have already lost twice as many Premier League games as they did last season, a statistic compounded by just one victory in their last eight games in all competitions.
Mourinho’s problems are not confined to the playing field, however, as the 52-year-old was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association after being sent to the stands in the West Ham loss and is currently appealing a £50 000 pound (more than R1 million) fine imposed for criticising referees.
With his manager’s future as uncertain as ever, Mikel has voiced his backing for Mourinho and is confident the Portuguese is the right man to turn things around.
“The goals and wins are not coming but you can see we are playing for the manager and are right behind him. There is no doubt about it. If anyone can turn this around, I definitely think he is the one,” Mikel said.
“If you say to the players that we are not giving 100% then there is a doubt – but we are giving 100%,” the Nigerian international added.
“Everyone can see how much hard work we are putting in and we are playing well, but the results are not coming for us.
“Every shot (against us) is a goal, every deflection a goal. We just need a bit of that luck, which we don’t have at the minute. But you can see the team is giving it everything, we’re working very hard,” he added. – REUTERS