London: Loic Remy insists beleaguered Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains the right man to halt the spluttering champions' slide down the Premier League table.
Just five months after leading Chelsea to the title, Mourinho is fighting to save his job and the fixture list offers little respite for the under-fire Portuguese coach with Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge today looming as another potential landmine.
Chelsea striker Loic Remy. INSET: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
With five defeats from their first 10 league matches, Chelsea find themselves languishing nine points adrift of the top four in 15th place and, to make matters worse, they slumped out of the League Cup in midweek after a penalty shoot-out loss at Stoke City.
Amid reports of a dressing room mutiny against Mourinho from players unhappy with his stern man-management, the Blues have won only one of their last seven matches and Mourinho has cut an increasingly troubled and tetchy figure.
But, despite different reports surfacing that claim a number of senior players at Chelsea want Mourinho to go, French striker Remy says the boss still has the support of his squad. “It’s important for him to stay and we don’t want to give up," Remy said. “We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don’t want him to leave. I think all the players don’t want that.
"I’m really sure that Saturday will be a big game, but we can still be in the top four of the league if we win games."
Remy has started just one league game this season, but he is in contention to face Liverpool after Diego Costa was taken to hospital with a rib injury sustained at Stoke.
London: Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has joked that his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho is a nice guy as long as you are not a journalist or a referee. Klopp’s men will face Chelsea on Saturday in an EPL encounter with the German manager facing his first real test.
"I’m full of respect for his (Mourinho) work. If you’re not a referee or a journalist he can be a nice guy," Klopp was quoted as saying by goal.com. "During the game we are both emotional but we are professionals, everything is fine between us. He’s a nice guy," he said.