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Nemanja Matic: Chelsea are together and back Mourinho

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Premier League champions Chelsea have endured a dismal start to their title defence and succumbed to seven losses in just 12 league matches.

The Blues now find themselves menacingly close to the relegation zone, currently 16th, only three points above 18th place Bournemouth.

But Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the squad is "together" and is determined that they will rise up the league table soon.

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Chelsea deserve more

Daily Mail quoted the Serbian international as saying: "I think we deserve more. We are not used to being in this position. But we don’t look at the table because last year when we were champions, we just tried to take it game by game and wait for Manchester City to drop points. The table is not realistic now."

Following their third straight defeat in the league, Matic reckons Stoke were lucky to win the weekend clash at Britannia Stadium.

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“We knew what we had to do. We did our job well. There was only one situation which was when they scored and they were lucky.”

Good football, no end product

Manager Jose Mourinho was absent from the touchline against Stoke City as he was serving a one-game stadium ban but will return at home against Norwich City on November 21.

Reiterating the belief of their beleaguered manager, Matic said: "I think in the last two games we played good football but have been unlucky. I don’t want to say that we have played well in all games this season - of course, there were some where we deserved to lose.

"But I think this was not the case and we deserved more {against Stoke}.”

The 27-year-old insists that the squad are still a cohesive unit and are fully backing their Portuguese manager to guide them in this time of crisis.

According to Sky Sports, Matic said: "What is going well is that the team is together, everyone understands the situation we are in and we will try to be more together and work hard to make this situation better.

"In this moment, we haven’t had the luck to change something to make it better for us, but I hope in the future we will.”

Primary focus

Chelsea, however, will first focus on performing every week and hope the results come in their favour. Their primary objective should first be making the top four, let alone retaining the title, which is a distant dream at the present scenario.

The Blues will have to depend on others for them to come close to the table-toppers and since there is still a long way to go until the end of the season, Chelsea remain optimistic Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United will all drop points.

With the majority of their stars away on international duty, it would be a welcome break for Mourinho to sort out the mess at Stamford Bridge before Premier League action returns to west London later this month.

Only time will tell if Matic’s claims actually become reality or not, but the club strongly is of the opinion that they would be back to winning ways.

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