Henry: Mourinho put Chelsea on the map

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry sympathises with Jose Mourinho, who has been given the sack by Chelsea.

The Blues decided to part company with Portuguese manager as results continue to go against him, with the reigning champions recently suffering their ninth defeat of the campaign to drop dangerously close to the relegation zone.

But the former France international, speaking to Sky Sports News, chose to recall Mourinho's achievements at Stamford Bridge.

"He put Chelsea on the map, let's not forget that," Henry said. "We have lost a great character, not only for Chelsea but for the league."

"Winning the double before, you would have had three or four years out of the double, now winning the double is not enough. 

"Now you have to win the treble the year after the double, people want more and more, people want to invest more, fans want more, we live in an era of social media linked directly to the club and to the players, it's not easy, people do not want to wait any more. It's not easy.

"[Club owner Roman] Abramovich did a lot and you have to give him the credit he deserves, too, but Mourinho, along with the players he had at the time, put Chelsea on the map and you can never take that away from him."

Chelsea will now try to improve their situation in Mourinho's absence, starting in their next Premier League match against second-from-bottom Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.