Gabriele Marcotti believes that although Chelsea’s progress in the Champions League in midweek was a boost, it isn’t enough to save boss Jose Mourinho.
The Blues secured their place in the knockout stages of the competition on Wednesday night as they finished top of Group G with 13 points from their six games.
While the victory over Porto saw Mourinho’s old club fall into third spot after Dynamo Kiev had leapfrogged them with their win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv, the Portuguese tactician would have undoubtedly been delighted with the fact that his side had progressed.
Nevertheless, Marcotti has told ESPN FC, that while it is certainly a boost for morale for the Chelsea squad that they have made it through to the next stage in Europe, it won’t be enough to save Mourinho from getting the sack as improving their domestic form will be crucial.
As reported by The Telegraph, the club have lined up a busy January transfer window in order to provide their beleaguered coach with some reinforcements in order to get their season back on track. However, the reigning Premier League champions travel to face Leicester City on Monday night looking to improve their domestic form.
Claudio Ranieri’s side currently sit top of the Premier League table after a sensational start to the season, while in contrast, Chelsea remain in 14th place in the standings after collecting just 15 points from their 15 games so far.
Having lost eight matches already this season, Mourinho’s side sit just two points above the relegation zone, and given their late game this weekend, they may even find themselves in the bottom three by kickoff.
As a result, Marcotti doesn’t believe that Mourinho has entirely escaped the threat of being replaced as of yet, but Wednesday night’s result will certainly have helped his cause.