Under-fire Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood gets support from Jose Mourinho

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The Chelsea boss believes that Villa are still struggling to cope with the loss of two key players.

This week has seen plenty of talk regarding the future of Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood. The former Tottenham man is under fire at Villa Park after a poor start to the new season.

There were even reports of him potentially having two games to save his job, which have since been rubbished.

However, with Villa spending big and plenty in the summer and currently sitting third from bottom in the Premier League, the heat must be turning up under the charismatic coach.

But yesterday he received some support from an unlikely source - his opposing manager this weekend Jose Mourinho.

The Chelsea boss is himself having some struggles with his first-team. They are faltering at the wrong end of the table looking nothing like title-contenders with November coming up fast.

But the Chelsea boss believes he and Villa opposite number Sherwood will be fine come the end of the season. He is quoted by the Express as telling his weekly press conference:

“How do I assess them? Good players. Good team. Not getting the best results. But a team that lost two very important players.

“And a team that the manager is trying to rebuild having lost probably the two most important players [Delph and Benteke]. But a good team with good players.

“And I don't believe, like I don't believe Chelsea will be in this position in a couple of months, that they will be in this position in a couple of months, too.”

Today however the pair will be going at it. Villa and Chelsea are both desperate for all three points from their encounter at Stamford Bridge this afternoon but one manager will end up leaving disappointed.

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