By Tosin Omojola
Nigeria international John Obi Mikel has disclosed that his Chelsea teammates are giving their all for under fire manager Jose Mourinho in the wake of their 3-1 to Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have made a false start in the English topflight and are currently ranked 15th with 11 points from 11 games.
This is against the grains of revelations that a first-team Chelsea player had reportedly said that he would rather prefer to lose than win for Mourinho.
But according to Mikel, only the ‘Special One’ holds the key to lift the team from their deplorable state insisting that his co-players are right behind him.
“The goals and the wins are not coming, but you can see we are playing for the manager and we are right behind him,” Mikel told Chelsea website.
“There is no doubt about it. If anyone can turn this around I definitely think he is the one.
“Last year we were champions and won two trophies. Jose knows this club more than any other manager and he is the most successful manager in this club’s history.
“If you say to the players that we are not giving 100 per cent then there is a doubt – but we are giving 100 per cent, we are playing for the manager and we are right behind him.
“Everyone can see how much hard work we are putting in and we are playing well, but the results are not coming for us,” he concluded.
The Nigerian has featured in each of the Blues’ last three games and was on for 70 minutes in their home defeat to Liverpool last Saturday.