Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho admitted huge “relief” after Brazilian Willian secured a late winner for the Blues in their Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
The 27-year-old hit a stunning 25-yard free-kick with just eight minutes left after a late gaffe from keeper Asmir Begovic looked to have cost them two points.
The win no doubt eases the pressure on Mourinho who speculations suggests his job is hanging on his continued participation in both the Champions League and the race for the Premier League’s top four.
The victory also came amid rapturous support for the Special One with supporters at Stamford Bridge chanting their backing for Mourinho throughout.
Mourinho said: “The win is a big relief. The players deserve to get compensation for their hard work.
“Many players are coming to their normal levels, despite having feelings as a team when negative moments come – and they are coming every game.
“The difference today was that we had confidence in the negative moment. The negative moment is always arriving for us.
“We had that good reaction against Stoke in the League Cup and today we conceded that goal with 15 minutes to go. I think the team was strong mentally, they kept trying and I’m happy with that.”
Mourinho, who had dropped Eden Hazard to the bench and did not even list Mikel Obi, described this contest as a “must-not-lose” game despite claims that he needed victory in order to keep his job.
Chelsea now travel to Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday, November 24 and host Porto on December 9.