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The numbers inside Chelsea's poor start

Five Aside
 By Phil Lythell

Time for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho to start talented Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The ESPN FC crew explain how Jose Mourinho and Chelsea can reverse their poor start to the Premier League season.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop sits down with Sir Alex Ferguson to discuss Chelsea's poor form this season, where he feels Jose Mourinho will get Chelsea back on track.

The recent 3-1 defeat to Southampton appears to have been a tipping point for Chelsea Football Club. The vote of confidence in manager Jose Mourinho from the powers that be signified a new attitude of loyalty, persistence and stability in the face of faltering results. It was a welcome ray of light in what was otherwise a dark weekend for the Premier League champions, and it also marked a significant change of tack from a notoriously impatient board of directors.

A similarly seismic utterance...

 By Mark Worrall

Jose Mourinho backed by Chelsea but must quickly get results

The ESPN FC crew look at whether Chelsea can turn their season around.

Jose Mourinho's penchant for blaming everyone but himself when results go against him has gone a long way to ensuring that the Chelsea manager has seen little in the way of sympathy for his current predicament.

The Portuguese has been stalked by controversy this season since the opening day draw with Swansea. The destabilising effect of the spectacular fallout with former club doctor Eva Carneiro coupled with poor form of star players, question marks over team selection and increasingly eccentric...

Roman Abramovich continues to back Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

The ESPN FC crew explain how Jose Mourinho and Chelsea can reverse their poor start to the Premier League season.

It wasn't the first time owner Roman Abramovich had cut through the commotion to make things abundantly clear what the situation was at Chelsea. Except, on this occasion, there was one significant difference, and it represented a first for the club during the Russian's time in charge.

On Monday, Chelsea released a statement giving manager Jose Mourinho a public vote of confidence, insisting that the club would not be sacking him. It was something that had not been done at Stamford Bridge since...

Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas and Hazard among Chelsea strugglers

The ESPN FC crew look at whether Jose Mourinho's days are numbered at Chelsea.

Chelsea had only lost one home league game in more than five seasons under Jose Mourinho; now they have lost two of the last three. They had only conceded 15 league goals in 38 games when his 2004-05 side became champions but have conceded 17 in eight matches already in the current campaign. They had 22 points at this stage 12 months ago, but just eight now.

The statistics are extraordinary -- but what are the reasons for this remarkable decline?

Matic fails to shield defence

Nemanja Matic established...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Tottenham after 'new Hazard' Sofiane Boufal; £40m to get rid of Mourinho

Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.
Sofiane Boufal, who's been labelled the next Eden Hazard is on Tottenham's transfer radar.

The transfer window might be closed, but the rumours keep ticking. As always, Transfer Talk has the latest and greatest. See all the summer deals right here.

TOP STORY: Spurs chase 'new Hazard'

After the emergence of Erik Lamela on top of the standout performances of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, one would think that Tottenham are well stocked with young attacking players. While that may be true, too much is never enough when it comes to such a commodity.

That's why it's little surprise...

 By Phil Lythell

Jose Mourinho's vote of confidence from Chelsea is a positive sign

ESPN FC's Craig Burley is fed up with Jose Mourinho and believes Chelsea need to follow Liverpool's example in sacking their manager.

In the wake of the damaging 3-1 home defeat to Southampton containing a second-half display destined to remain long in the memory for all the wrong reasons, there has actually been some good news for supporters of Chelsea FC. The confirmation from the club that they retain their faith in manager Jose Mourinho is a very welcome if unexpected step and suggests that the revolving-door policy at Stamford Bridge has, for now at least, been put on hold.

Normally a vote of confidence is seen as the first...