The Premier League defending champions, Chelsea, will host Porto in the final group stage match of the Champions League. The English side need a win to advance as group leaders and a draw to proceed as runners-up. However, if Porto wins, Chelsea are out of the competition making things more difficult for Jose Mourinho, if not worse. The manager himself is quite confident over his job security regardless of how his side fairs tonight.
Speaking about speculations about his dismissal, Mourinho has stated that he has nothing to worry about as the recent poor form of Chelsea is “not a one-man responsibility”. He further provided an argument over why the club owner, Roman Abramovich, will continue to support his campaign even if they fail to qualify for the Round of 16.
He said, “I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind. I know the wind of the results is an important wind. I know this wind is strong because the results in the Premier League are really bad. But I think the owner knows who I am and what I give to the club, and the owner believes that I am the right person to do the job.”
Chelsea currently stands 14th in the Premier League having won only four of the 15 games played so far. Out of the eight games lost, their recent defeat came last week against Bournemouth who are barely holding on to the 17th position. The London club comparatively has a better record in the Champions League, winning three out of the total five games played so far. Their only defeat came against Porto away, who they face again at the Stamford Bridge tonight.
The Special One, who is going through a rough spell is determined to change the ‘winds’ in his favour. He recognises the pressure he is under, but stated that despite the unfavourable circumstances, he has never felt this motivated. He said, “I never thought I would be so strong and so highly motivated.”
Chelsea should count on John Terry who was seen on training on yesterdays’ training, his pal Gary Cahill is also available. Matić, Fàbregas, and Hazard are all available but Ramires is doubtful. Costa and Oscar are both fit to play.