It keeps going from bad to worse for Chelsea. Their 2-1 defeat to Leicester City last night left them one point above the relegation zone, and was their ninth in the Premier League this season.
That is as many as the Blues suffered throughout the first two seasons of Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge. Here, CaughtOffside ranks the nine by embarrassment to the surrendering champions.
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9) West Ham United (a) 2-1 – October 24
A game that the Blues were arguably unfortunate to lose as they gave as good as they got after Nemanja Matic’s red card, only to concede late to Andy Carroll as a naughty Mourinho watched from the stands.
8) Everton (a) 3-1 – September 12
Just another loss at Goodison Park on first glance – the Blues have lost on four of their previous seven top-fight visits to Everton – but a second defeat from their opening four league games, and substitute Steven Naismith scoring a hat-trick meant that plenty of joy was had at Chelsea’s expense on this day.
7) Liverpool (h) 3-1 – October 31
Chelsea fans hate losing to Liverpool. Having taken a fourth-minute lead through Ramires, it made the second-half collapse even harder to take. Halloween night came with Mourinho frightful for his future.
6) Crystal Palace (h) 2-1 – August 29
The Eagles ruined Mourinho’s centenary celebrations as they marked his 100th league game in charge at Stamford Bridge with only a second defeat. The aura was lost and four more defeats have followed.
5) Manchester City (a) 3-0 – August 16
A loss at the Etihad Stadium on its own is disappointing but no disgrace for Chelsea. Couple it with the half-time substitution of John Terry and a replacement medical team, and it was a day to forget ASAP.
4) Leicester City (a) 2-1 – December 14
Double embarrassment. Their defeat was proof that they are now an inferior side to Leicester – not just on the night – and came against the manager who Mourinho ousted upon his 2004 arrival in England.
3) Stoke City (h) 1-0 – November 07
For the first time, Chelsea had lost three straight Premier League matches under Mourinho. They were left 16th in the table, below Norwich City, Watford and West Bromwich Albion. Quite a fall from grace.
2) Southampton (h) 3-1 – October 03
Again Chelsea took the lead but they were played off the park by Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho could perhaps feel their title slipping away and lost his tether. His post-match rant about refereeing bias earned him a stadium ban and lost him the respect of many neutrals in the process.
1) Bournemouth (h) 1-0 – December 5
The lowest point of Chelsea’s season was a defeat that will go down as probably the biggest upset in Premier League history. Bournemouth were a mid-table League One outfit when Mourinho began his first spell in with the Blues and now they had turned his side over. Glenn Murray’s second-half header meant that the champions had lost to a newly-promoted team for the first time in over a decade.
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