Chelsea have released a statement backing Jose Mourinho to turn their season around after another damaging Premier League defeat.
Saturday's 3-1 reverse at home to Southampton left the champions languishing in 16th spot, ten points behind Man City after just eight matches.
During an emotional and lengthy post-match interview, Mourinho made it clear he would only resign when Chelsea's first team squad lose his trust.
Boldly claiming the club would be sacking "their best ever manager" if he gets the boot, Mourinho's comments were seen as a direct challenge to Chelsea's hierarchy for a public show of support.
In an unusual step certain to be interpreted by many as 'the dreaded vote of confidence' which often precedes a managerial casualty, Chelsea released the following statement this afternoon:
The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.
As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.
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Porto boss Julen Lopetegui says his side must be at their very best against Chelsea in Tuesday night's Champions League Group G clash.
The Premier League champions have made an inconsistent start to the season and drew 2-2 at Newcastle on Saturday to sit 15th in the table after just two wins in their first seven games.
But their opening 4-0 Group G victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv shows Lopetegui of the danger posed by Jose Mourinho's side on the Blues boss' return to Estadio do Dragao.
"They won their first European game 4-0 and are a strong team, one of the biggest in the world," he said.
"We'll have to put in the perfect game to beat them."