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CATASTROPHIC STAT sums up Chelsea’s DISMAL start to the season

It’s no secret that Chelsea are enduring an unhappy start to the season.

The Pensioners were beaten 2-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday, a rare home loss for Jose Mourinho and another missed opportunity in a season in which failure is following the reigning champions like a shadow.

Against Palace on Sunday they bossed the first half, without finding a goal, before coming unstuck in the second period when Bakary Sako’s effort beat Thibaut Courtois.

Radamel Falcao levelled the contest following excellent work from Pedro, but Chelsea were unable to push on, instead falling to a 2-1 defeat as Joel Ward converted Yannick Bolasie’s cross.

The result leaves Chelsea with only four points after their opening four matches, having won one, drawn one and lost two.

As demonstrated below in this graph from Opta, Chelsea’s tally of four points makes theirs the second-worst title defence of any champion in the Premier League area.

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The only side who began the next campaign worse than Mourinho’s Blues were Blackburn, who won the title in 1995 before losing their title to Manchester United following a miserable start to the 1995/96 campaign.

Be warned, Jose!

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