By Coral Barry

Nemanja Matic has insisted that Chelsea’s wretched form is partly a result of bad luck.

The Premier League champions’ latest defeat to Stoke on Saturday was their seventh in the league this season and third on the trot.

Despite key players underperforming and the scrutiny on manager Jose Mourinho, Matic believes misfortune has played a big role.

“I think in the last two games we played good football, but have been unlucky,” said the Serbian, who returned to the league team against Stoke after serving a one-match suspension.

“I don’t want to say that we have played well in all games this season. Of course, there were some where we deserved to lose.

“But [against Stoke] I think this was not the case and we deserved more.”

Chelsea are rooted in 16th in the table with just 11 points, but Matic does not believe the position is a reflection of how the team are playing.

“The table is not realistic now, because I think Chelsea deserve more and we will try to recover points which we lost a lot until now. So I hope that we can do that.”

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Despite the increasing calls for Mourinho’s head and persistent rumours of dissent in the dressing room, Matic is adamant that the squad remains behind the manager.

“What is going well is that the team is together, everyone understands the situation we are in and we will try to be more together and work hard to make this situation better,” explained the midfielder.

“In this moment, we haven’t had the luck to change something to make it better for us, but I hope in the future we will.”