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John Terry: Chelsea have full faith in embattled Mourinho

UNDER FIRE: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho takes training at Cobham yesterday morning ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Dinamo Kiev 
Matt McGeehan

Group G
Chelsea v Dinamo Kiev (tonight, 7.45pm, live on BT Sport 2)

JOHN Terry yesterday came out fighting in support of Jose Mourinho and refused to contemplate the embattled Chelsea manager being sacked.

Mourinho is under pressure from all angles – not least to retain his job amid a miserable run of nine losses in 17 matches in all competitions – and declined to reveal if he had spoken to owner Roman Abramovich this week, merely pointing to the length of his contract.

The Portuguese has an ally in captain Terry, who insisted Mourinho has the players’ support contrary to rumours of unrest.

“I can assure you now that the players are 100 per cent behind the manager,” said Terry ahead of tonight’s Group G clash with Dynamo Kiev.

Asked how he and the players would feel if Mourinho did leave, Terry said: “It’s not going to come to that. The club have shown faith in the best manager in the history of this football club.

“It’s not what ifs. I’m adamant we’re going to turn this round and he will be in charge for the rest of the season and long after I’ve finished playing at this football club.

“For me he’s the right man to take this club forward. That’s the only way I’m thinking.”

Last Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool was Chelsea’s sixth in 11 Premier League games, leaving the reigning champions 15th in the table.

Asked how much time he has left as boss, Mourinho, who signed a new contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season, said: “Four years. In this case, three years and seven months.”

Mourinho says he has had support from friends within and outwith football and was reminded by a friend of comments he made after leading Porto to the Champions League title in May 2004.

“I said that one day in my career bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I’m facing now as European champion,” Mourinho said.

“I resisted well to the nature of my job, to the nature of football – 11 years waiting for this. It took time, but came in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it.”

Mourinho insisted his confidence had not been impacted by the run of results and he would remain steadfast to his methods, which the players had not questioned.

“It’s new for me. That’s why I am a good one (manager). If I was a bad one it would come before (now),” Mourinho said.

Terry said the players were culpable.

“He’s under pressure because of the way we’re performing,” the defender said. “We know we need to be better, for this club and for him.”

Mourinho often shoulders the burden on himself, deflecting attention from his players, Terry says.

The Blues boss added: “For my players I do everything. I always did and I am not going to change.”

Mourinho did not address the Eva Carneiro case or the stadium ban and £40,000 fine he was hit with on Monday for his half-time dismissal in last month’s loss at West Ham.

Chelsea are awaiting the written reasons to determine whether or not to appeal. He is currently banned from the stadium at Stoke.

There is an ongoing appeal over a separate disciplinary matter relating to comments made after the loss to Southampton on October 3.

Poor results are what would ultimately cost Mourinho his job.

He says he knows the reason why Chelsea have fallen so far in six months, but declined to say.

“It’s not one reason. One reason would be easy to fix,” he said.

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