In-form Chelsea star Willian has insisted the entire squad is behind Jose Mourinho as manager and the players are doing all they can do turn around their poor start to the season. The Brazil international said that he did not feel the Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev was a must-win for the boss to save his job, but believes the 2-1 victory has helped restore confidence in the dressing room.BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Garry Richardson reported recently that an unnamed Chelsea first team player admitted he would rather lose than win under Mourinho.
The Telegraph, meanwhile, reported that following defeat to Liverpool last weekend, the 'Special One' had two final chances to save his job in the games against Dynamo and the upcoming Premier League clash with Stoke City on 7 November.
But speaking to IBTimes UK in the aftermath of the win over the Russian side about whether the result was crucial for Mourinho's future, Willian said: "No, no. I don't think so, but only the board knows that. He is doing everything he can to help the team."
When asked if Mourinho still has the backing of his players, the Brazilian was emphatic: "Yes. Of course."
Willian has been a rare light in the darkness for Chelsea during a disastrous start to their season. He once again stepped to the plate in the Dynamo match, being involved in the set-up for the first goal and hammering home an impressive free-kick seven minutes from time to hand Chelsea three points and notch up his fifth goal of the campaign.
"I am very happy with what I'm doing. I'm content the way I'm playing this season. Getting the victory against Dynamo was very important for the team and now we must continue on this path, getting victories. But the win is very important because it gives us confidence ahead of the coming games" he admitted.
Many predicted Willian would struggle for match time this season, following the arrival of Pedro from Barcelona. However, as he did with Juan Cuadrado last season, the Brazilian has firmly established himself on the right wing and edged out his competition.
Asked whether the battle for a spot with the Spaniard was getting the best out of him, he responded: "No, I always try to give the maximum, with or without Pedro. I always try to make progress, to help the team. I am happy with how I am doing. A player is always growing, getting better, and I think I am doing that.
Willian hopes this momentum will continue among the side ahead of the upcoming match against Stoke City.
"I think we have the conditions to reverse our bad situation with victories in the coming games. The most important thing is to restore the confidence in the team and victory against Dynamo will help. We have an important game on Saturday, away at Stoke, but we have the chance to win the match and that's our target right now. We are going there to win the game."