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Abramovich ‘trusts’ under fire Mourinho

Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich. PHOTO/File
Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich. PHOTO/File

LONDON, November 21- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho retains the faith of the club’s board and owner Roman Abramovic, says technical director Michael Emenalo.

The Portuguese coach is seemingly under pressure at the club after seven Premier League defeats this season, including in their three most recent games, sees the Blues sitting just three points above the relegation zone in 16th.

But the former Nigeria international insists that the Stamford Bridge hierarchy still believe in the coach and squad that strolled to the Premier League title last season, at least for the moment.

“Right now, the statement from the owner and from the board comes from a belief we are in a position to trust a manager who has delivered so much,” Emenalo told The Telegraph.

“We are in a position to trust a group of players who have delivered in the last couple of seasons. We are in a position to see there is light at the end of the tunnel and therein lies our confidence, that we can get out of the situation.

“When it comes to decisions, we feel confident we have an owner who has a very good track record, who is astute at making decisions of this kind at the right time to get us to where we want to be.

“We have never put ourselves in a position where we second guess him. Part of the reasons he can make those decisions and be successful is because he has the information a lot of people don’t.

“He has the whole picture of what is happening at the club, not just from certain individuals but every sector of the club. When he needs to make a decision, he can make it.”

Chelsea will resume their league campaign at home to Norwich City on Saturday, before travelling to Israel to face Maccabi Tel Aviv at Sammy Ofer Stadium in Tuesday’s round of Champions League group fixtures.