Sports Nigeria's Mikel Obi Insists Jose Mourinho Remains Chelsea's Saviour

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Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel has insisted that his Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho remains the best person to help the Blues out of their current English Premier League problems.

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The Blues latest disappointment was at the Bridge after losing to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, as he lies in the 15th position with 11 points from 11 games.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Mourinho has two games to save his job, and that former Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti would be interested in taking over even on a temporary basis if the Portuguese is dismissed.

It was also gathered that one first-team Chelsea player had recently said: "I'd rather lose than win for him."

However, Mikel - who started both the Capital One Cup loss to Stoke and the Liverpool defeat - said the players retain full support for the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss.

"We are right behind the manager," he told reporters. "There's no doubt about it. In training we work very hard. If anyone can turn this around, we definitely think he's the one.

"Last year we were champions. We won two trophies. Jose knows this club more than any other manager. He's the most successful manager in the club's history.

"I definitely think that, if anything is wrong, if anything can be fixed, he is the one. There's no one out there that is going to come in and fix what's going on.

"If you tell the team that we are not giving 100 percent then there is the doubt, but we are giving 100 percent, we are playing for the manager, we are right behind him.

"He has come out a few times and said the players are not giving 100 percent and then you look at the next few games, the players come out and play better. He is doing everything that needs to be done.

"It's just that right now things aren't going well, so everyone [outside] wants him to go. I don't think it's the right way to go. I think that inside that dressing room we definitely believe he is the man to change things. He knows this club in and out.

"He knows what's wrong and it's just a matter of time before results start coming. We are playing well, we are working very hard in training. It's just the results aren't coming."
 
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