Midfielder Ramires says that Jose Mourinho still has the "trust" of the Chelsea dressing room despite claims to the contrary.
Under-pressure Mourinho, who has endured the worst start of his career picking up just eight points in eight matches so far, was even given a 'vote of confidence' by the Chelsea hierarchy after a shock defeat at home to Southampton last week.
After Dick Advocaat quit Sunderland and Brendan Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool, Mourinho is now the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job.
Mourinho said he would only ever quit the club if he felt the players no longer believed in him, a notion the Brazilian Ramires has quashed.
"We’ve not lost a bit of trust in Jose. Everyone trusts him. We think he is the best manager for us," said the 28-year-old.
"Obviously when things don’t go the way that everyone expects a lot of questions are asked. But we still trust him.
"I understand perfectly where he is coming from with what he said regarding where, if he didn’t have the confidence of the players he would step aside. But that’s not the case at all. We are all together.
"Maybe it’s a shared guilt because when things don’t got the way that everyone expects people look at the players and the manager. But we are all working together to get out of this situation - we want to be at the top of the table. Not the bottom."
He added: "I think it very normal when we are not playing well and we are losing for the manager to take it out on the players. He needs to get a reaction.
"Maybe some players are not doing what he expects them to do so that’s why he is on top of us, on top of things, trying to get a reaction because he knows he can get the best out of us.
"So we all need to calm down and we can get out of this.
"Obviously when you lose a few games in a row the confidence level goes a bit low. We’ve not had the chance to win a few games in a row and get back that confidence.
"As far as the mood is concerned, it is fine.
"We are training and working hard. We are doing the best we can to get out of this situation that we have put ourselves in. We have not produced good performances but we are working on it."
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