Carlo Ancelotti doesn't expect Chelsea to sack Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho despite the club's torrid start to the season, reports Goal.com.
The Blues have endured a nightmare opening period, currently sitting in 12th position in the Premier League table.
Mourinho's side also suffered a damaging defeat in their last European outing, as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Porto, but Ancelotti claims the Blues boss can turn things around at Stamford Bridge.
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In fact, with the west London outfit set to take to the European stage once again tonight against Dynamo Kiev, Ancelotti believes the competition could act as the perfect tonic for the club to gain some momentum.
"I don't think Mourinho will be sacked, absolutely not," the Italian told Goal. "He has changed little from last season and he's at a club that he knows very well. Plus, the club knows Mourinho very well.
"Jose is one of the top coaches of all time and if anyone can turn it around he is the person.
"I believe that it's mainly a problem of motivation at Chelsea. From a technical point of view, the team is the same as the one that dominated the league last year. But their motivation levels have dropped.
"They had a terrible start and they need to rediscover their drive. The Champions League, in this instance, can help them, because it could give them an injection of confidence and help them rediscover the right determination."
Ancelotti is right; it would be foolish of Chelsea to sack Mourinho at this stage. Longevity has often been a problem for the self-proclaimed 'Special One', but he seems intent on proving his credentials for the long-term on this occasion.
Roman Abramovich should stick with Mourinho and give him a shot at getting the Blues back on track. The experienced coach will be well aware that it's not going to be easy, but he appears to have the focus and drive to get his players back on side sooner rather than later.
A second Champions League victory this evening will give the club the platform to prove their early season critics wrong.
Chelsea fans: do you agree with Ancelotti? Is Mourinho still the right man for the job? Have your say below!
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