Carlo Ancelotti has backed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to guide the Blues out of their current situation and restore order after a disastrous start to the 2015/16 campaign. The Stamford Bridge outfit are having a torrid time in the Premier League and are currently in the 15th place after 10 games – 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City – and have already lost two games more than they lost in the entire previous campaign.
The Italian manager, who led Chelsea to a league and cup double in 2010, has been touted as a potential replacement for the Portuguese, who has never endured such a run of poor form in his entire career. Apart from on-field troubles, Mourinho has courted controversy off the pitch as well for regularly criticising the referees. He was charged by the FA for the second time this month after the Blues' latest loss to West Ham United, when he was sent to the stands during the half-time break.
Ancelotti, however, is confident that the former Real Madrid manager is the right man to arrest the slump as he believes that the team that won the Premier League title at a canter last season are just stuck in their comfort zone.
"I did not expect this crisis, but I understand the reasons for these problems I think they are feeling satiated," Ancelotti is quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "Last year they won by a huge margin, and now they are more relaxed. Don't worry, Mourinho will put everything back in order, he is the right man."
Ancelotti, who is currently on a sabbatical after parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of last season, has tipped Arsenal as the favourites ahead of Manchester City for the Premier League title. He feels Arsene Wenger's new counter-attack strategy against teams will pay off.
"Manchester City are the most complete team in the Premier League, but occasionally they switch off. They are not 100 percent reliable. I'd watch out for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger did well to change their system, so he waits and counters to get the best out of the pace of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez," the former AC Milan manager added.