Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho now has another title to add to his long list of achievements, and that he is now the only manager to have lost three league matches in a row for owner Roman Abramovich.
And while the bookies speculate on who will surely now replace the “Special One” at Stamford Bridge, his players all appear to be rallying around the embattled manager.
Chelsea lost their seventh game of the season yesterday at the Britannia Stadium against a determined Stoke City, despite being the better team who could just not find a way to beat Jack Butland in the Potters goal, while Mourinho watched the game from a nearby hotel after having been banned from the Stadium following a run in with referee Jon Moss during a recent game against West Ham.
Former Stoke goalkeeper and in nets for the Blues yesterday Asmir Begovic said after the defeat that all the players were solidly behind Mourinho.
“Jose Mourinho did the pre-match talk at the hotel and that was it,” Begovic told the BBC.
On Mourinho’s job safety he said: “That is out of our hands, we are behind the manager you can see that from our performances. We think he is the right man and someone we work hard for.
“His spirit and his presence is always there, we wanted to get a result for him.”
Begovic also talked about the game, in which Chelsea threw away a number of opportunities to equalise following Austrian international forward Marko Arnautovic’s opener.
“We definitely did enough to get a result here but when things aren’t going your way you don’t get the luck you deserve.
“We hit the post, we slipped over when we had open goals, we are making things hard for ourselves.
“You can see from the game today it [our problems] is not something you can pinpoint. We are getting punished for little bits and pieces but eventually it will turn.”