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The horror show continues for Chelsea with 3-1 defeat to Liverpool
Chelsea’s “Rocky Horror Show” continued on Halloween Saturday as a ghost from Lose (Jose) Mourinho haunted the Stamford Bridge faithful in yet another loss. The pumpkin-shirt coloured Liverpool rekindled memories of the “ghost goal” from their historical Champions League meeting with the Blues, as the weekend’s Premier League fixtures kicked off with a 3-1 victory for Jurgen Klopp’s creative creatures. The nightmare result for Chelsea was in stark contrast to the dream first league win for Klopp as the Reds manager followed on from his first triumph at Anfield in midweek over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Philippe Coutinho’s performance was spine-tingling, with the Brazilian’s brace tricking Chelsea defenders with a beautiful goal and giving the away supporters a very sweet treat. Belgian big-man Christian Benteke hammered the final nail in the coffin for the haunted Chelsea. Richard Lewis examines the Halloween fixture:
Is Mourinho a Dead Man Walking?
With Chelsea’s sixth loss of the season, Mourinho increasingly resembles the walking dead — a large portion of their goal tally comes from Own Ghouls (own goals), rather than the beast that is Diego Costa. It seems like Dracula has taken a bite into Chelsea’s squad this season and sucked the talented blood out of Eden Hazard and drained the goals from the Blues’ forward line. Guy Fawkes night may not be until next week, but Mourinho managed to ignore another Guy in his post match interviews after the frightening Liverpool lose. BBC commentator Guy Mowbray was attempting to get a few answers out of a monstrous Mourinho, but the Portuguese boss was having none of it, cutting short the painful chat before Guy could get a sentence out of the fifty-two-year-old, much less any of the normal post-match fireworks. The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager even said “there are fights that you can not win,” which is spooky attitude for the self-proclaimed “special one.” In fact, it was the “normal one” who gained the most on Halloween. Liverpool are now ahead of Chelsea in what is shaping up to be a fight for a Champions League spot for Mourinho.
New Signings look like Ghosts!
The new additions at the Bridge look almost as invisible as ghosts on their current form, and players such as Pedro are spending more time on the treatment table than the pitch. The Spanish forward has reportedly talked up the possibility of returning to Barcelona already, who are now wanting an attacker for cover for the injured Lionel Messi. Another invisible presence at Chelsea is Radamel Falcao; more life exists in Frankenstein’s monster. The Colombian’s grandmother has even been critical of the Chelsea boss and his treatment of her grandson (she also joined Paul Scholes in having a pop at Louis van Gaal). The graveyard buys don’t end there, as Baba Rahman has looked out of his depth at the back. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been a relief for Chelsea’s back-line, especially considering the injury to Thibuat Courtois.
Brazilian midfielder Ramires celebrated a new long-term contract in West London with the opening goal in the encounter, but the former Benfica man has been part of the Blues squad for five years now and his celebratory strike was only the eighteenth of his Chelsea career and proved to be no more than a consolation as another defeat dampened their spirits of the first half. In last seven days alone, Chelsea have also lost to West Ham and exited the League Cup on penalties to Stoke.
The Nightmare on Fulham Broadway!
One of the most famous Halloween movies is “The Nightmare on Elm Street,” but with Chelsea suffering their worst start in Premier League history, it has been more like “The Nightmare on Fulham Broadway” for Mourinho. Six defeats in the Premier League is unheard of territory for a Mourinho side in October. Magic spells are certainly needed for Chelsea to beat Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League in their midweek meeting.
The ghost of Eva Carniero still haunts those in West London, while Mourinho must be wishing he could resurrect former legend Didier Drogba, who has made a big Impact since heading to Canada for Montreal. Drogba certainly provided more tricks and treats in a Chelsea shirt than any current player is demonstrating. Cue the evil laugh from the rest of the league: Haha haha!
Homepage photo credit: @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs), via Flickr