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Even Romelu Lukaku's saddened by Chelsea's plight, but retains faith in Mourinho's abilities

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Romelu Lukaku's never been one known for verbal restraint, so when the one-time Chelsea Great Kraken Hope was asked about the situation going on at this favorite club — or at least favorite club a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away — the 22-year-old once again gave a direct answer.  Perhaps surprisingly, given all that's gone down between him, Chelsea, and Mourinho, it was one of (seemingly genuine) sadness and support.

"It really hurts to see Chelsea at this moment. I was always a fan of the club and you don't want to see this as a former player. But I have faith in Mourinho that he will turn the situation around."

"The 2-0 win over Porto was very important, also for the dressing room. I don't think Mourinho is doing anything different than before. He still prepares his players in the best way, and his training sessions are very good."

-Romelu Lukaku; source: Goal

One can only guess at the pains Lukaku was feeling as clock struck midnight full time at the KP Stadium on Monday and Chelsea were left reeling after yet another loss.

"Everyone has these moments I guess. This is the first time Mourinho is confronted with these kind of problems."

"How many coaches can say that? Not a lot, certainly not a lot. People should respect that. And everything Mourinho is experiencing now, is making him a better manager."

-Romelu Lukaku; source: Goal

While that may be true, these are experiences I certainly could do without.  One can only hope we reap the benefits of all these hard life football lessons in the near future.

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