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Video - Mourinho insists Chelsea are back on track after win

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Relief in the end for Mourinho
Relief in the end for Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho did his best to downplay the significance of Willian's stunning last gasp winner that may have kept him in a job - but we all knew what a moment it may prove to be.

With rumours that Mourinho would be sacked as Blues boss unless he found a winning formula against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League and in Saturday's game against Stoke, the stakes could not have been higher.

Aleksandar Dragovic turned Willian's cross into his own net to give Chelsea an opener which had more than an element of good fortune and scored at the other end as Asmir Begovic's luck deserted him.

But a delightful Willian (above) free-kick settled the contest in Chelsea's favour, giving the Blues a second win in six games and boosted their Champions League hopes ahead of ties with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Porto, Mourinho's former club.

Mourinho reserved special praise for Willian, who has been the shining star of Chelsea's troubled season.

"He's playing very well, not just today. He has been playing well for a long time," said the Blues boss.

"Everybody did their job very well. It is fair to look at Willian because of his work-rate, quality on the ball, participation in the first goal and quality of second goal."

He also offered up these words of thanks for the Chelsea supporters, who continue to back him and thanked the club's hierarchy and the supporters for continuing to back him.

The dramatic win propelled Chelsea into second place in Group G with two games left to play, but it was the pressure release on Mourinho that altered the mood around the club in an instant.