Chelsea vs. Dynamo Kiev: Players behind Mourinho, claims Ramires
The Premier League champion suffered a seventh defeat of the league season at home to Liverpool on Saturday, piling pressure on Mourinho amid reports of unrest within the squad.
Chelsea has taken just four points from three Champions League outings this term and trails second-placed Dynamo by a point ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge.
Porto is top on seven points, two clear of the Ukrainian club, with Maccabi Tel Aviv bottom and empty handed.
Pedro (knock) and Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) remain doubtful but, as Chelsea seeks to ease the pressure on Mourinho and improve its chances of reaching the round of 16, Ramires has insisted the players are fully behind their Portuguese manager.
“It is difficult because when we lose a game, everyone is sad in the dressing room,” he told the club’s official website. “The manager didn’t say anything [after the game] because it was not the time but on Sunday we had a conversation and he will show to us what we did in the game.
“We try to help him [Mourinho] on the pitch, we couldn’t help him on Saturday but we will try every match to win because this is a group and a team and if we lose, Jose loses as well so we are all together.”