Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has backed under-fire Jose Mourinho to get it right at Chelsea after a dismal defence of their league title.
The Premier League champions are 16th, just three points and three places above the Black Cats, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday looking to heap more misery on Chelsea.
Ahead of the game, former Blues midfielder Poyet has backed Mourinho to turn the club's season around, saying it is "too easy" to always blame the manager.
Chelsea's demise has been one of the stories of the season, with last year's champions just a point above the drop zone with almost half of the season gone.
But Poyet has come to Mourinho's defence.
"It is easy to blame the manager and I think that is what is happening, unfortunately," Poyet told Omnisport.
"But these same players, last year they were top and they won the league.
"It cannot be that different. I don't think they are training different or picking different players and a different system.
"I like to assume responsibilities and the whole club, the staff and the team, need to accept it together. It would be very easy if it was one, very easy to make a decision.
"I don't think there is only one person responsible. Everybody needs to share a big responsibility.
"It is a whole. Individual players not performing; the team not performing; key players who were magnificent last year not performing.
"If you put all that together you don't win. You have to be very special to win."
Poyet believes Mourinho's lengthy track record of success should earn him an extended opportunity to turn their season around.
"He has proved it," he added.
"Anybody can say that someone is good or not, but when you have been in so many leagues in Europe and you have won the league it shows that you are one of the best.
"It is just a matter of understanding his passion and dealing with some situations.
"Some people say he needs to be different [but] that is why he is so special because he is who he is.
"Yes, he is still the man to be in charge of Chelsea."