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The numbers inside Chelsea's poor start

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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...

 By Nick Miller

Jose Mourinho's insistence on control at Chelsea is becoming a weakness

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti rates the likelihood that Jose Mourinho will leave Chelsea in 2015.
The club released a statement today saying that Jose Mourinho has their "full support"

At what point does a blip become a full-blown crisis?

Language in football exists in its own bubble, so obviously a big team losing a few games they were expected to win isn't a crisis in the traditional, wider sense of the word. However, if there is such a thing as a crisis in football, Chelsea are at best tipping toward it. At worst, they're already in the middle of it.

Even Jose Mourinho's staunchest defenders and the most fervent believers in his "mind games" would struggle to explain...

Rodgers' sacking and Arsenal's Man United rout highlight Prem weekend

ESPN FC's Craig Burley reacts to Brendan Rodgers' sacking as Liverpool manager following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

The weekend's Premier League action was packed with plenty of drama and Iain Macintosh reviews the best and worst of week eight.


It's over, but by thunder, it was one hell of a ride. Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool on Sunday, had his faults and they will be well documented elsewhere in the next 24 hours, but he was rarely dull.

He nearly won the title with a team that shipped 50 goals, he was open and engaging, he sought to play stylish football and he was passionate about...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Radamel Falcao loan at Chelsea unlikely to last, Arsenal after Nolito

Jose Mourinho spoke to the media following his side's 3-1 loss to Southampton, and addressed any rumours concerning his resignation.
It looks like Radamel Falcao may be in the midst of another failed Premier League loan experiment.

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: Chelsea to reject Falcao deal

Despite the Premier League season being less than two months old, Chelsea have already taken a decision on on-loan striker Radamel Falcao. According to the Mirror, Chelsea have determined that they're unlikely to make the Colombian's loan deal permanent.

Falcao has scored just one goal in nine competitive...