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25th Oct 2015

Proof that Mourinho’s Chelsea are making an historic mess of defending the title

Mountain to climb...

Gareth Makim

Even worse than Moyes.

Chelsea’s title challenge is lurching seriously towards a write-off after their fifth defeat of the season against West Ham yesterday left them languishing in 15th place in the table, 11 points behind leaders Arsenal and potentially just two points above the drop zone, depending on results today.

Boss Jose Mourinho is clearly feeling the pressure based on his recent antics, and these statistics demonstrate why.

Last season’s champions have made the worst start to a title defence since the Premier League began in 1992, with just 11 points from ten games, behind previous holders of that dubious distinction, Blackburn.

It’s also six points worse off than David Moyes’ much-mocked Manchester United team of two seasons ago.

Both those teams could only recover to finish seventh by the end of the campaign.