Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thanked the club’s supporters as they continue to stick by him during a turbulent period in his career.
The Portuguese tactician was speaking in his post-game press conference after his side’s win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday night, as reported by Sky Sports.
A win over their group rivals was a timely boost for Mourinho, particularly considering that their Premier League nightmare continued last weekend following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Chelsea remain in 15th place in the standings after collecting just 11 points from their opening 11 games, while they have also lost six games already this season.
While their title defence is seemingly in tatters, their position in Europe is a little less strained as their win this week moved them up to second place in Group G as they trail leaders Porto by three points ahead of the final two games.
The club’s supporters have stuck by the 52-year-old throughout their troubles this season, with many unveiling banners at Stamford Bridge as well as signing his name to show their loyalty.
That hasn’t gone unappreciated by the former Inter and Real Madrid boss, as he conceded that he “didn’t know how to thank them”, as reported by The Independent.
Mourinho will hope that the victory of Dynamo Kiev will instil some confidence into his players who have looked worryingly short of it in recent weeks.
The Blues head to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday evening looking to end their poor domestic form against Stoke City, although they will be wary of the threat posed by Mark Hughes’s side after they crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of the Welshman last month.
Nevertheless, Mourinho will identify their upcoming games as a great opportunity to get back on track, but it remains to be seen whether or not the players continue to respond and help him get them out of the hole that they are still in for the time being.