Chelsea's title-defence is the worst since Blackburn Rovers

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Following Chelsea's demoralising 3-1 defeat to Everton over the weekend, it has since been revealed that they have made their worst start to a league campaign since 1986.

And as if this wasn't a bad enough statistic for Chelsea fans to take, is has in fact been unearthed that Jose Mourinho's Blues have made the worst start to a title-defending campaign since Blackburn Rovers in the 1995/96 campaign.

Just to repeat that, in case it didn't sink in - Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side, who were rampant last season, have made a worse start than Blackburn's heroes did 20 years ago. They have the same number of points, but Chelsea's goal difference is inferior.


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In fact, even saying it's Chelsea's worst start since 1986 is a harsh comparison to the '86 team - this Chelsea side have the worse record. So you could go further back to 1980/81 when they began the season with three points from five games in the old second division.

It's highly unlikely that this abysmal run of form will continue, of course, and it's again unlikely that the Blues will finish in Blackburn's eventual placing of 7th, but it is pretty startling to see Chelsea this way.

This is a team that over the past ten years have competed for every trophy on offer, and yet this season they've been sloppy and vulnerable at the back, uncreative in the centre of the park and uninspiring going forward.

Whether the later-than-normal return from pre-season is playing it's part, you just cannot be sure, but Branislav Ivanovic is certainly feeling the strain. His performances so far this season have been some of the worst in recent years, particularly from someone who has recently been given vice-captaincy.

Chelsea's fall from grace is almost a carbon copy of Manchester United in 2013-14, with the Red Devils storming to the league title the year previously but then slumping to dismal seventh place, 22 points behind bitter rivals and then-champions Manchester City.

There did used to be a comparison to be had between Blackburn and Chelsea in that they both came from relative obscurity to challenging for the league title - thanks in large to the riches that John Walker and Roman Abramovich brought in - except the Blues have made that relation laughable somewhat by winning 12 major trophies to Blackburn's one.

When he came back to London two years ago, Mourinho proclaimed that he was the "Happy One." That Mourinho, though, is a long-lost soul at the moment - rarely do you see a smile etched across the Portuguese at the moment - but he and his Chelsea side are fighters and won't shy away from a challenge, so it's highly unlikely that this form will last for long.

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