Jose Mourinho clearly has the support of Chelsea fans and he called it “my moment” when the adulation from Chelsea fans poured down from stands on the embattled Portuguese manager in a crucial Champions League 2-1 victory against Dynamo Kiev thanks to a truly brilliant free kick from Willian.
Mourinho, right now in the worst period of his two stints at Chelsea, compared the stunning support from the Blues Supporters to his return at Stamford Bridge in 2013, August when the Portuguese was vastly welcomed by the partisan crowd.
“This is my moment, because it was amazing,” Mourinho said. “The moment I came back to the club and we played the first match at home against Hull City, the way the stadium welcomed me was amazing, but not comparable with today.
“Today comes in a moment where the results are not good; it comes in a moment where you [the media] are asking for my end [sacking].
“The fans read newspapers, they watch TV, they listen to pundits’, commentators’ opinions, they read blogs and it’s quite unbelievable what they tried to say today.
“They tried to say, ‘we want you here’ and probably they also want to say to all of you ‘we want him, let him work’. It’s a fantastic feeling.
“I don’t have another way to thank them than by giving everything I have, which I have always, which I will do always. It’s the only way to thank them for this reaction.”
Chelsea eventually managed to win for the second time in 6 games since Mourinho was given a much-needed vote of confidence from club owner Roman Abramovich on Oct. 5.
The second win means the Blues’ Group G fate is now in their own hands ahead of an away clash with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and a home match against Mourinho’s former club Porto.
The Portuguese manager’s popularity in this home match was never a doubt, as fans showed complete faith. But it’s for sure, at the end results needed to turn and still do despite the Champions League win.
Mourinho also thanked the fans for keeping faith in this Chelsea squad through the turbulent times, which came just less than six months after giving the Premier League title.
Though the win over Dynamo Kiev was a welcomed relieve for Chelsea, this weekend’s Premier League trip to Stoke could still become crucial for Mourinho’s fate as they are now 15th in the league table after six defeats in 11 league appearances.
“It’s an amazing feeling for the club to know that the fans are in the good moments and the bad moments,” Mourinho said in the post-match press conference.
“In the good moments you see the street full of people celebrating with the bus. That’s easy. It’s easy for kids to go to school with a Chelsea shirt when Chelsea win every match.
“It’s not easy for kids 10, 12 years old to go to school with a Chelsea shirt when Chelsea are losing matches. Probably they are bullied by other kids.”