A dark cloud is hanging over Stamford Bridge following Chelsea's third loss of the Premier League season, effectively ruling them out of the title race before it has even started.
From the moment Jose Mourinho publically attacked team doctor Eva Carneiro for attempting to treat Eden Hazard, the Special One has been struggling to bring everyone at the club together.
The situation entered a new phase on Saturday afternoon when the reigning Premier League champions were outclassed by Everton at Goodison Park. It hints that the growing disenchantment with his autocratic leadership is starting to spread to the team as well.
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According to a report in The Mail, Hazard, Willian and Oscar believe they are not being given enough license to express themselves on the pitch.
Mourinho has always demanded discipline from his squad, championing defensive discipline over creative flair since his first significant successes at Porto.
Those tactics have seen him win the Champions League twice and eight league titles across four countries. There is, however, now a feeling amongst Chelsea's team that the oppressive nature of his game is becoming detrimental to their fortunes.
A big game
Next weekend may not be the best time for Mourinho to revolutionise his standard tactics. Arsenal, who have consistently been the most fluid team in the Premier League, travel to Stamford Bridge and Arsene Wenger would be happy to see his arch-rival play him at his own game.
The Gunners showed they could succeed against the Blues doing something similar in the Community Shield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain opened the scoring in the first half and Arsenal were happy to sit back and defend, clinching their first win over Chelsea since 2011.
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