Jose Mourinho has thanked Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for his patience following their worst start to a season in 37 years.
The Blues are languishing in 16th place in the Premier League table having won just two of their opening eight games - and only one of their previous five.
The defending champions have looked a shadow of the side that cantered to the title last season, but the usually trigger-happy Abramovich appears content with Mourinho's ability to change their fortunes - for now.
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Following Chelsea's 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday, the Russian billionaire and members of the board came out in support of the Portuguese manager.
And, in an interview with Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, the 52-year-old said he was proud of the confidence shown in him by the powers that be at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “This makes me proud. It shows the confidence of Abramovich in the technician who has won three Premier League titles with this club. I thank him and I will keep working.”
The two-time Champions League winner also said he does not know what has gone wrong with his side this season but believes they have the ability to recover from their shaky start.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
With the international break upon us, Mourinho has time to mull over his tactics and see what is going wrong in west London.
It would be harsh to point the finger at one specific individual for Chelsea's decline, as a number of their ever-present stars have been below-par this season.
However, one player in particular whose form must be a worry to everyone at the club is Branislav Ivanovic.
He continues to get the nod at right-back, but the Serbian international has, time and again, failed to deliver.
Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard have already been dropped by Mourinho this season, but the vice-captain continues to inexplicably keep his place.
Baba Rahman has hardly had a sniff of first-team action since joining from Augsburg. Switching Cesar Azplicueta to right-back and introducing the Ghanaian could potentially change Chelsea's season, but Mourinho does not seem to agree.
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