Sunday, 8 November 2015
From bad to worse – a timeline of Chelsea’s struggles
Jose Mourinho is currently enduring by far the worst season of his prestigious career after Chelsea suffered a ninth defeat in all competitions on Saturday.
The Blues have lost nine times in just 19 matches in all competitions this season – and fell to their latest defeat on Saturday as his beleaguered side lost 1-0 at Stoke.
Here, TEAMtalk looks at the Portuguese’s beleaguered start to the season, on and off the pitch.
August 8: Mourinho criticises Chelsea first-team doctor Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for naivety in running on to the field to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. Mourinho is cleared by the Football Association of abusing Carneiro, who then subsequently leaves Chelsea.
August 16: Chelsea lose 3-0 away to Manchester City, with Mourinho substituting captain John Terry at half-time.
August 29: Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home match results in only a second loss as his side go down 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
September 12: The Blues lose again as they are beaten 3-1 at Everton, Steven Naismith with a hat-trick.
September 19: Diego Costa is banned retrospectively for a running feud with Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in Chelsea’s 2-0 win. Arsene Wenger avoids censure afterwards for calling referee Mike Dean “weak and naive”. Mourinho turns his frustrations to Wenger and the FA.
September 29: Chelsea lose 2-1 to Mourinho’s old club Porto in the Champions League.
October 3: Following a fourth league defeat, 3-1 to Southampton, Mourinho questions whether he will be sacked and subsequently receives the first vote of confidence in a manager in the 12 years of Roman Abramovich’s ownership. He is, though, hit with a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments after the loss about referee Robert Madley, which, an independent panel judges, alleged bias.
October 15: The Portuguese maintains his attack on the FA, calls his fine a “disgrace” and says: “I’m happy that I don’t have an electronic tag.”
October 17: Mourinho rounds on star player Hazard after dropping him to the bench for the 2-0 win over Aston Villa and demands the Belgian improve his defensive work rate.
October 24: Chelsea lose again, 2-1 at West Ham, losing Nemanja Matic to a first-half red card and also having assistant first-team coach Silvino Louro sent to the stands. Mourinho does not emerge on the touchline for the second half, having also been sent off.
October 26: Mourinho charged with misconduct over his behaviour at West Ham.
October 27: Holders Chelsea are knocked out of the Capital One Cup after losing their fourth-round tie to Stoke on penalties.
October 31: Chelsea suffer yet another defeat as Liverpool are 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. The club’s position on his future, publicly at least, is unchanged from the vote of confidence at the start of the month.
November 2: Press Association Sport learn legal papers will be served on Mourinho as part of separate but connected claims against him and against the club by Carneiro.
November 2: Mourinho is given a one-match stadium suspension with immediate effect and fined £40,000 after admitting an FA charge of misconduct over his behaviour at West Ham.
November 6: The FA releases its written reasons for Mourinho’s ban, saying he called referee Jon Moss “f****** weak”.
November 7: With Mourinho absent from the game due to his ban, Chelsea lose 1-0 at Stoke, the club’s seventh league loss of the campaign.