Porto result relieves pressure on Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his worries have eased after the performance in the Champions League win over Porto

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's performance against Porto has alleviated some of his worry as the Blues bid to revive their miserable season.

The Blues play at Leicester on Monday night, seeking to move on from a woeful opening four months of the campaign, which saw the holders 14th entering this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

Victory over Porto and a place in the Champions League knockout stages has revitalised Mourinho's belief in his squad, though, and he is certain Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will soon find the net as a matter of routine.

Striker Costa has seven goals since January and four this season, while Hazard, the stand-out performer in last year's title success, has not scored in 26 Chelsea appearances.

"We need results. We need to score more goals," said Mourinho, whose position could yet be in jeopardy despite being under contract until June 2019.

"I know maybe you come back immediately with Diego and Hazard, they are not scoring goals, but the way they played against Porto they have to score goals.

"Sooner or later goals are coming. Their performance against Porto was very good. So in this moment I am less worried than I was."

Mourinho is looking to convert strong displays and chances into points after Chelsea rediscovered some of their defensive steel.

"It doesn't matter the competition. If we play tomorrow in the FA Cup, we need to win matches, we need to win points," Mourinho added.

"We need what we're having now regularly, which is lots of clean sheets, very few goals conceded.

"At the beginning of the season three (goals conceded), three, three, three, two. In this moment, zero (goals conceded), zero, one, zero, one. We are in this defensive stability now."

Leicester were fighting relegation for the entirety of last season and survived as Chelsea challenged for and ultimately won the title.

For now, at least, roles are reversed.

Mourinho said: "They are there because they're doing magnificently well. And we are where we are because we are doing bad.

"We have basically the same potential as last season. We have the same manager, we have the same players.

"If we are where we are it's because we are under-performing and if Leicester is where they are, it's because manager and players are doing magnificently well."

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