Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side title defence has suffered a torrid start this season with four defeats and their prospects in the Champions League has been nebulous as well.

However, former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked at Stamford Bridge in 2011 by club owner Roman Abramovich, has backed the struggling Portuguese tactician stating that he won’t be sacked, blaming lack of motivation and poor confidence levels for their slump in form.

The Blues were a dominant force in the Premier League last season, finishing eight points clear at the top of the table to take nick the Barclays title with ease.

“I don’t think Mourinho will be sacked, absolutely not,” Ancelotti said.

“He has changed little from last season and he’s at a club that he knows very well.

“Plus, the club knows Mourinho very well. Jose is one of the top coaches of all time and if anyone can turn it around he is the person. I believe that it’s mainly a problem of motivation at Chelsea.

“From a technical point of view, the team is the same as the one that dominated the league last year. But their motivation levels have dropped.

“They had a terrible start and they need to rediscover their drive.

“The Champions League, in this instance, can help them, because it could give them an injection of confidence and help them rediscover the right determination.”

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