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Saturday 3 December 2016

Jose in the dock again

Hughes backs Mourinho to survive the pressure

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

José Mourinho will have to defend yet another disciplinary missile from the English FA amid increasing speculation that his job is on the line over the next five days.

But Mourinho has won support from Stoke manager Mark Hughes in advance of a League Cup tie which is being billed as make or break for the Chelsea boss.

Defeat would leave Mourinho badly wounded in advance of a big game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the October 3 loss to Southampton, faces further charges after being sent to the stands by referee Jonathan Moss during the ill-tempered derby at Upton Park.

But Hughes believes that Mourinho is more than equipped to cope with the pressure he is now under. “It’s a period he has the knowledge and understanding to address, and he’ll turn it around. 

I don’t think anyone thinks that he won’t. “I don’t anticipate they’ll be in the position they are for too much longer. Chelsea have quality right throughout the club that will enable them to come through this moment I’m sure,” said Hughes.

“He says it himself - he’s a top manager and he’s the best manager Chelsea have ever had, so why would they change?”

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