Jose Mourinho is hoping that Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa will boost the confidence of his players as they look to overcome their poor start.
Reigning champions Chelsea have suffered a woeful start to the season, losing more games in all competitions so far than they did in all of last campaign.
Saturday brought a rather forgiving fixture against an Aston Villa side who had not won a league game since the opening day, and a goal from Diego Costa as well as an own goal from Alan Hutton ensured the Blues would taste their first league win in a month.
Mourinho in particular has come under heavy pressure from the press, but the Portuguese hoped that this victory would spark more “confidence” in his players.
“We are not the best team in the country, but we are a team with a very good manager and very good players, trying to reach a normal level,” Mourinho told Match of the Day.
“This was a performance to compensate for a lack of confidence and self-esteem. When confidence is not high you lose quality. We discussed that, and tactically we were very disciplined today, especially defensively. It was a great effort, and a really solid performance.
“Confidence comes with results, and results bring all the good quality that the player have to the fore. At the moment, some of my players have lost confidence but this was a great team performance with some fantastic individual performances.
“My players showed their desire, that they are together and that there were ready to fight for a crucial result. These three points were crucial for us.
“We are not afraid of being relegated – we know come the end of the season we will be in the top five or six at least,” he added to Sky Sports. “But at the moment we are not there and we need points, so today we won at home and they are three points that were deserved and the players fought for.”