Chelsea midfielder Ramires has insisted that a mutiny is not about to break out against under-pressure manager Jose Mourinho.
Following the club’s dismal start to the season, rumours have circulated that the Portuguese coach has lost the confidence of the dressing room at Stamford Bridge.
On Saturday, Mourinho’s future was put into further doubt following a 2-1 defeat at West Ham United, during which the 52-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Jonathan Moss.
Ramires, however, has lent his support to his embattled coach and
“There is no mutiny against Mourinho,” he told ESPN Brazil. “If you take our last games you will see how everyone is running relentlessly, putting their lives on the line on the pitch, as we say.
“Whenever we're under bad form, it's only natural that negative speculations will arise, but the whole group isn't paying attention to the outside and we're focused on doing what Mourinho ask us to do and, consequently, help Chelsea to get back on the winning tracks.”
Following his dismissal at half-time on Saturday, Mourinho has received another misconduct charge from the Football Association.
The Chelsea manager is already appealing a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban handed out to him following critical comments made after his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton earlier this month.
On that occasion, Mourinho explained his side’s poor form by accusing ‘scared’ Premier League officials of being reluctant to award decisions in Chelsea’s favour.
"It's hard to find a logical explanation as the group remains the same from last season, but the important thing is that we've been working to turn things around.
"We know we have a great team and we are fighting on the pitch to get Chelsea back to the stability we need to fight for the top of the table, which is what should happen every time."
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