Because we know damn well JosA� Mourinho won’t.
It just keeps getting worse for the Blues. This past weekend they traveled to Goodison Park to face Evertona��the club that wouldn’t sell them defender John Stones in one of the most drawn out transfer sagas this seasona��and for the third time in five league matches, they lost.
Steven Naismith, who only came on early in the first half because of an injury to Muhamed BeA?iA�, went on to net a hat-tricka��and a perfect one, at thata��scoring with his head and both feet.
The troubles for Chelsea, both on and off the pitch, continue. On the pitch they’ve been abysmal, conceding 12 goals in five matchesa��the worst mark in the leaguea��not to mention just securing four points from 15. They conceded only 32 goals last year.
Maybe we could have taken it easier on the Chelsea repeat champions hype train, but could anybody have foreseen this, the worst start ever by a defending Premier League champion? Then there’s off the pitch. And for the first time, I’m not referencing Mourinho’s shenanigans in the media. Not entirely, anyway.
Thibaut Courtois, Belgium’s No. 1 and at 23 years old already one of the very best in the world between the posts, is going to miss a significant amount of time after tearing a�?part of the internal meniscus of his right knee.a�?
Though when your backup is Asmir BegoviA�, not all is lost. Still, with the start they’ve had, this is one of the last things they needed. Everything seems to be piling up, and it doesn’t get any easier this Saturday when they host Arsenal, who’ve secured 10 points since their opening weekend loss to West Ham United.
But of course, Saturday’s loss wasn’t without a ‘Mourinho Special,’ when he criticized another manager for something 1) completely out of his control and 2) that had nothing to do with anything. It appears he’s grasping at straws to distract from the product on the field, and the mask is slipping.
Oh, and the accusation? Criticizing Roberto Martinez for a lack of managerial etiquette during the post-match press conference. I genuinely (and generally) enjoy Mourinho’s theatrics leading up to and following a match, but keep in mind this is the guy who typically shakes hands early and darts down the tunnel before the final whistle has sounded.
His issue this time? Martinez spoke to the media first which prompted Mourinho to say a�?Roberto, next time tell me to go before you because we have to travel.a�? Martinez simply responded a�?I don’t control that, Jose. I don’t control that.a�? The Special One left abruptly, and the Toffees manager added a�?When he beat us 6-3 last season he was such a nice man. I prefer him like that.a�? Don’t we all?
Again, Mourinho needs to focus on the product on the pitch, not the theatrics off of it. Their seven goals are roughly middle of the pack, but what in the world is going on with that back line? Is Father Time finally swooping in? BegoviA� will provide enough stability between the posts, but there are far more problems plaguing the defending champions at the moment.
If he is a�?the man for the joba�? like he says he is, then it’s time to prove it. I’d argue that if he wasn’t who he is, talks of getting sacked would have heated up. When you’re a huge club with near-perfect expectations, the leash quickly gets a little tighter. Champions League group fixtures start this week, followed by a date with Arsenal. Will this week see them take a turn for the better?
Christian Benteke’s incredible goal wasn’t enough to lift Liverpool over Manchester United at Old Trafford, as Anthony Martial’s debut was marked with a special goal to cement a 3-1 victory. Oh, and Wayne Rooney was out injured so Fellaini started up top as the striker. Yes, I’m serious. Results, folks; they’re all that matter.
Crystal Palace couldn’t quite hold on to a point at home against Manchester City, who remain unbeaten without conceding in five matches thus far after scoring an injury-time winner. One point of concern for the Citizens is Sergio AgA?ero, who will miss the mid-week UCL match against a struggling Juventus side after leaving Saturday’s match with a knee injury.
The most exciting match of Sunday’s season saw Leicester City erase a two-goal deficit at home against Aston Villa within 18 minutes to secure a 3-2 victory and move them to second in the table. Sure they and Palace will eventually crash back to Earth a little bit, but why not enjoy it while it lasts?
Elsewhere, Tottenham and Watford secured their first wins of the seasona��Spurs even kept a second straight clean sheet with some help from the posta��while Norwich and Arsenal cruised over Bournemouth and Stoke City, respectively. Southampton’s struggles, however, continued with a scoreless draw against West Brom.
Oh, and Saido Berahino returned for the Baggies 10 days after saying he’d never play for them again. I know, I know; I’m as shocked as you are.
So, what can we watch for next time? First of all, if Newcastle defeats West Ham United this afternoon, we’ll see Chelsea fall into the relegation zone. Imagine that.
As for next week, I’ve already touted Chelsea-Arsenal, so I’m going to say Swansea-Everton will be well worth your time with Everton coming off a high and the Welsh club looking to get back on track after their loss to Watford.