Is Jose Mourinho's familiar trend re-appearing at Chelsea?

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Chelsea's difficult start to the season has been well documented in the press, but is this start to The Blues' season just a minor blip, or the result of more serious, and familiar issues?

While it is early days, there are murmurs that the London clubs poor start to the season could be just the beginning of what has come to be known as Mourinho's 'third season syndrome'. But is this 'third season syndrome' just a myth, a coincidence, or is it very real indeed?

The Pensioners' start to the season has been widely criticised in the media: Eva Carneiro, the half-time substitution of John Terry, another row with Arsene Wenger, as well as the bizarre row with Rafa Benitez's wife. Yes, you read that correctly, his wife!


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All this is before Chelsea's on pitch performances in the Premier league have been mentioned, which have also been below par by their usual standards. They currently sit tenth in the table, on four points, with just one win, and they have looked a shadow of last season's title winners.

What may be most worrying, and is certainly most unusual about Chelsea, especially with The Special One at the helm, is the defensive vulnerabilities which have surfaced early in the season.

Chelsea have conceded seven goals in three games already this season, and as they only conceded thirty-two goals in last seasons entire campaign, this will certainly be something the manager will be working on.

Whether the signing of Baba Rahman from Augsburg and a potential deal for John Stones will improve this record is yet to be seen, but one thing is for certain, this will certainly be an area of concern for Jose Mourinho.


So, what is 'third season syndrome'? Mourinho has ventured into a third season in only three managerial spells, in his first appointment as Chelsea manager, as Real Madrid manager, and also in his current stint in charge of The Blues.

Perhaps what best tells us what 'third season syndrome' is are the statistics, particularly when compared with years one and two of his spell in charge of these clubs.

In year one in his first appointment as Chelsea manager(2004-05) Mourinho's side had a 76.30% win rate, and had the same win rate during his second season(2005-06), they also won the Premier League title in both these seasons.

This is in stark contrast to his third season(2006-07), where this win rate plummeted to 63.20%, and resulted in The Blues surrendering their title to Manchester United.

A similar story reads during Jose's time at Real Madrid, during his first season(2010-11) Mourinho achieved yet another 76.30% win rate, amassing a highly respectable ninety-two points, but finishing second to an exceptional Barcelona team.

Mourinho's side then improved the following season(2011-12) to achieve a hugely impressive 84.20% win rate in La Liga, collecting one-hundred points and being crowned champions as a result.

However, the trend of Mourinho under achieving in his third season(2012-13) continued, as the win rate dropped to 68.40% and resulted in Los Blancos relinquishing their title to Barcelona, by a whopping fifteen points.

So, with this evidence, is 'third season syndrome' a curse of Mourinho's, and is it happening once again? Once thing is for certain, Mourinho currently looks a disgruntled figure, and looks like he needs a boost of some sort.

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