Chelsea's start to their Premier League title defence has been nothing short of a disaster.
The Blues sit 16th in the table, three points above the relegation zone and their chances of regaining their crown already appear to be over.
Roman Abramovich has been a notoriously hard man to please during his time at Stamford Bridge, and some people have questioned why he hasn't parted company with Jose Mourinho for the second time.
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Well, ignoring the fact it would set the Russian billionaire back £30 million to part ways with the Portuguese boss, technical director Michael Emenalo has shed some light on the owner's thought process.
The Nigerian, who is a close adviser to Abramovich, believes the club still maintains trust in 'a man who has delivered so much', and that assertion comes from the very top.
Speaking publicly for the first time since joining Chelsea in 2007, Emenalo told the Telegraph: "Right now, the statement from the owner and from the board comes from a belief we are in a position to trust a manager who has delivered so much.
"We are in a position to trust a group of players who have delivered in the last couple of seasons.
"We are in a position to see there is light at the end of the tunnel and therein lies our confidence, that we can get out of the situation."
Abramovich's support of Mourinho is mirrored by the Chelsea fans, who sung his name passionately during their Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev.
While the west London club have fallen below expectations, they have shown signs an improvement is on the horizon.
Their performance against Stoke City was better, but the game still ended in the all too familiar feeling of defeat.
Chelsea welcome to Norwich City to Stamford Bridge on Saturday and will be hoping to claw back some of the 13 point deficit on the top four.
Anything but a win against the Canaries will only prove to increase the pressure building on Mourinho, and trust can only last so long.
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