Loic Remy today pleaded with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovichnot to sack manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho’s future at the club is under severe threat after Chelsea suffered their eighth defeat of the season last night as 10-man Stoke knocked them out of the Capital One Cup Fourth Round on penalties.
With the team also languishing 15th in the League, it looks like they have lost both of the competitions they won last term inside three months.
Chelsea take on Liverpool at home on Saturday with Abramovich considering firing Mourinho should they have another setback.
But Remy told Standard Sport: “It’s important for him (Mourinho) to stay and we don’t want to give up.
“We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don’t want him to leave. I think all the players don’t want that.
“I’m really sure that Saturday will be a big game, but we can still be in the top four of the League if we win games.
“You could see against Stoke we played well, we created situations but we just didn’t score.
“It does look and feel like, after losing on penalties, that things aren’t going our way. But when you know the quality of the group and the fact we were were champions last season, which was not by chance, the quality is still here.
“The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation. We will just keep training well.
“I’m sure the opportunity to win games will be here sooner rather than later, but obviously it is better for us if it is sooner.”
Chelsea looked favourites to progress after Remy equalised in injury time and Stoke defender Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second bookable offence.
But the visitors failed to take advantage during extra time and Eden Hazard saw his spot kick in the shoot-out saved by Jack Butland.
It was Hazard’s second penalty miss of the campaign and last season’s Double Player of the Year still hasn’t scored a goal this term.
Remy added: “In a career of a player, there are moments where you feel like everything you try and do is more difficult. It has happened to me and it’s happening to him.
“But he is a top player. The situation is difficult for everyone, not just him, but he will give us wins like he did last year.
“It is always hard to miss a penalty but that’s the game. There is no point blaming him. We are all a team since the beginning of the season. He is a very talented player and will win more games with him.”
Remy was named on the bench for last night’s encounter, but had to come on before half-time after Diego Costa sustained a rib injury.
Costa is now a major doubt to face Liverpool having been taken to hospital last night, but Remy is confident he can fill the void.
“I’m always ready for any chance the manager gives me,” Remy said. “I don’t know the situation with Diego, but if I have the opportunity to play against Liverpool I will be really pleased.
“My fitness is good. I had time to work on it, my cardio during the last few weeks after being out with a minor injury. I felt really good in training and now I give my best for the team.
“I’m sure the mood of the team will recover and we will be ready for Saturday. It is a really big game for us.”