A furious Jose Mourinho has threatened to wield the axe after Chelsea's 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace yesterday.
The defeat against Alan Pardew's side was only the second suffered by Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge in his two spells in west London, and is the latest twist in a disastrous campaign for the Special One so far.
Chelsea have earned just four points from their first four games so far, which leaves them eight points adrift of early pace setters and main title rivals Manchester City.
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The defeat comes after the 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City last week and the controversy surrounding club doctor Eva Carneiro, who was dropped from her duties on the Chelsea bench alongside physio Jon Fearn after being criticised by Mourinho for entering the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during the final minutes of Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea.
Now Mourinho has insisted drastic action may be required to stop the rot, which could mean 'two or three' players losing their place in his starting line-up.
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"If a player is not performing there are two ways to look at it," he told reporters. "The first one is that I trust the player so much that I will wait for the improvement. You wait, wait, and wait and maybe it comes or it doesn't come."
"Or, even when you are trusting the player arrives a moment when you think, "I have to change". And I can go both ways. I'm not happy with the performance because, for me, a performance is a collective performance, of 11 players at the same time.
"To perform collectively you need individual performances. When you have these kind of matches at this level you need people to perform. I cannot say I had 11 players at the same time performing. Two or three of them their individual performance was far from good. I blame myself for not changing one of them. When I made the third change I needed a fourth."
Bakary Sako opened the scoring for Palace but substitute Radamel Falcao looked to have snatched a point. However Joel Ward popped up with a late winner that moved the Eagles up to second in the Premier League.
Reports this morning have linked Chelsea with a move for Paul Pogba as Mourinho looks to react to his team's slow start.