Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted that it ‘hurts’ to see Chelsea playing so poorly this season – but insists Jose Mourinho can help them turn their form around.
The Blues secured their fourth Premier League title last term but have endured a disastrous start to the current campaign.
Jose Mourinho’s side are languishing in 16th place in the table and are just one point above the relegation zone ahead of Monday night’s trip to Leicester.
In contrast to Chelsea’s plight Lukaku is enjoying a rich vein of form and has scored in seven consecutive top-flight games to help the Toffees climb to 10th.
The Belgium international left Stamford Bridge in 2014 after failing to force his way into Mourinho’s plans but still feels his former’s club’s pain.
“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,” the 23-year-old told Goal.
Lukaku is adamant that Mourinho is still the right man to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around and will become a better manager for his experiences this season.
“I have faith in Mourinho that he will turn the situation around.
“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.”