Fabregas: Mourinho the best for Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has leapt to the defence of under-fire manager Jose Mourinho and has backed him to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League standings after a woeful start to the season, and the pressure on Mourinho has been cranked up another notch following a 3-1 defeat to Southampton last time out.

The Portuguese boss embarked on a seven-minute rant in his post-match interview, and commented on various aspects he felt had contributed to their slump in form.

He even went so far as to suggest he would not walk away from the job, insisting the club would have to sack him if they wanted him to depart Stamford Bridge.

However, the club subsequently issued a statement, giving Mourinho their full backing, and the likes of John Terry and Fabregas have added their support.

"He is the best coach in the history of the club and the best we can have," Fabregas told Radio Marca.

"Personally, he helped me in a very complicated moment of my career and he gives me confidence.

"I will do whatever he asks. In man-to-man situations he helps me a lot and I respect him for that.

"Mourinho is different in person from when you see him on television. I know because I've experienced it.

"We (Chelsea) are not well, but we will do better. We have the best coach for the club.

"People have not forgotten that five months ago we won the Premier League and a cup – but we have to change the situation fast and soon."

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