It may be only four games into the season, but already there is talk of a crisis at Stamford Bridge. Astonishing considering that a mere three months ago the Blues were celebrating adding the Premiership title, along with the League Cup to their trophy cabinet.
Whatever the reasons, all is not well down at the Bridge. Two losses inside their opening four games is not a statistic normally associated with a Jose Mourhino team, or any Chelsea team over the last decade.
A 3-0 loss away to Manchester City was a blow to the ego, but could be explained away as simply having an off-day. Last weekend's 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace hints at a deeper malaise. Mourhino's men have collected a solitary point from their two home games.
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In Jose's first tenure at Chelsea, Stamford Bridge was seen as an impenetrable fortress. They went 77 games unbeaten at home under the stewardship of the Portuguese manager. There was an aura about the place. Teams went there fearing the worst.
Swansea played out a 2-2 draw at the Bridge on the opening-day and were disappointed to only secure a point. There was a time when a point earned away at Chelsea was celebrated as a victory of sorts. What has been evident in both home games is that teams are entering the tie with greater belief.
Whether this is indicative of the improving standard of the Premier League, or a slip in standards by Chelsea is not yet clear.
This is Mou's third season back at the helm. And it could be a critical one for their talented manager. Failure to mount a serious defence of their title could spell the end for the 'Special One'.
Owner Roman Abramovich is not known for suffering failure gladly. Avram Grant was sacked despite taking the title race to the final minutes of the season and losing out on the Champions League trophy to the lottery of penalties.
It is common knowledge that Roman is a huge fan of Pep Guardiola. The ex-Barcelona man famed for his brand of short-passing football, is in the last year of his contract with Bayern Munich.
Should Guardiola become available and Jose not end the season with a major trophy, then Roman might go for the man who could make his dream of Chelsea being 'Barcelona in blue' come true.
It is still early days, but the Blues are already eight points behind Manchester City. Mourhino's teams work best when they set the pace. He gets them on top and keeps them there by his great man-management skills.
Hauling back teams and overtaking them is not his forte, as exemplified in 2006/07. And again in his final season at Real Madrid.
Should Mourhino be worried? At this stage, no. But Chelsea need to re-discover their fear-factor.
Chelsea fans, could Abramovich sack Mourinho if he fails this summer? Or has he changed as a manager? Have your say below!
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