Stats: Chelsea are officially the worst Premier League title defenders ever

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As if losing to Sunderland and seeing John Terry banned for his final game at Stamford Bridge wasn’t bad enough, Chelsea now have the “distinction” of being the worst Premier League title defender ever.

By virtue of their loss to Sunderland, Chelsea can no longer finish any higher than ninth on the table – which would be the worst finish ever for a Premier League champion’s title defense. Prior to this season, the previous worst was seventh place – “achieved” by the 1995-96 Blackburn Rovers and by the 2013-14 Manchester United team.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich fired manager Jose Mourinho after the team lost to Leicester City in Matchday 16, their ninth loss to that point. Several days later Guus Hiddink was hired to serve as the interim manager and took the team on a 15-week unbeaten run.

Since beating Aston Villa 1-0 on April 2nd, Chelsea have lost three of their last five, claiming just four points in that span.

The Blues won the title in the 2014-15 season after claiming 87 points, but the numbers are far different this year.

Through the first 36 games:
1. Chelsea had 84 points last year, but only 48 this year
2. Chelsea scored 70 goals last year, but only 57 this year
3. Chelsea conceded just 28 goals last year, but a whopping 51 this year
4. Chelsea won 25 games last year, but won just 12 this year
5. Chelsea lost 2 games last year, but lost 12 this year

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