Never in the history of the Premier League has there been an individual so scrutinised than Jose Mourinho.
Some would argue that he has brought it all on himself; the self-proclaimed "Special One" hasn't been shy when it comes to self-praise. And for the most part, he has engineered the results to back up the bold claims.
However, after a torrid start to the season, Chelsea are literally on the brink of conceding the title only four games in. As Man City continue to steamroll their opponents, the Stamford Bridge lot are lagging woefully behind.
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In Jose’s 100th home Premier League match, Chelsea suffered only their second home defeat in his time at the club as Crystal Palace outfought and outwitted a team worth hundreds of millions more than Alan Pardew’s men.
As is so often the case, Mourinho tried to deflect the blame, claiming that referee Craig Pawson had made a “huge mistake” not to award Chelsea a penalty before Palace scored their first.
However this is a meek claim, clearly designed to take all eyes off what was a weak performance. A performance that has left the London giants lagging eight points behind their Manchester rivals. Is the gap already too big?
Mourinho now has nowhere to hide. Chelsea simply have to start winning, and winning well. The apparent complacency from the players has to stop as the defending champions prepare for their next match, a tough away trip to Goodison Park on September 12. One thing is for certain though; the next few games will perhaps be the biggest in the Portuguese's entire career.