Chelsea's support of Jose Mourinho unchanged after Stoke defeat

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Jose Mourinho could do nothing but watch on as Chelsea suffered their seventh league defeat of the season away to Stoke City on Saturday.

Serving his one-match stadium ban, and more than likely watching on from his hotel room, Mourinho was powerless to alter the outcome of the game, which further confirmed Chelsea's worst start to a season since 1978.

To make matters worse, Saturday's defeat means Chelsea have now lost three league fixtures in a row - a run of form never previously achieved under Roman Abramovich's ownership.


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Despite a dreadful season so far, sources close to Stamford Bridge suggest that the latest defeat leaves the 52-year-old's position at the club unchanged, according to the Independent

With Abramovich's reputation to act quickly to dismiss failing managers and the fact the club have already had ten different managers since he took over in 2003, it's no surprise that the bookies are backing Mourinho to be out before the Premier League resumes in two weeks time.

But Mourinho - if not Abramovich - can take some positives from Chelsea's latest defeat to Stoke. The Blues were arguably the better team for most of the game, and there were promising signs from the likes of Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Willian, who were bright throughout.

As always is in football, luck played a pivotal part on Saturday. Pedro hit the post for Chelsea, after curling a fine shot towards goal from outside the box, and Loic Rémy lost his balance at a vital moment - after rounding Stoke's goalkeeper - managing only to skew his shot wide from the floor.

But one moment of unstoppable brilliance from Stoke's Marko Arnautovic, whose stunning overhead volley into the bottom corner left Chelsea stranded at the Britannia. It was certainly a goal worthy of winning any game, and as it has been so many times already this season, a goal that sucker punched Mourinho's side.

With 12 games played in the Premier League this season, Chelsea sit 16th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone.

After crashing out of the League Cup, Mourinho's chances of securing any silverware this season, should he remain in the job, are pretty slim.

However, his side are back on track in the Champions League after victory over Dynamo Kyiv ensured they still have a chance of progressing into the knockout stages of the competition, but any ambitions of winning the competition are equally slender.

The international break gives Abramovich plenty of time to mull over his managerial prospects, but it currently looks like Mourinho will still be in the dugout at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Norwich City on November 21.

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