Life in the EPL for Chelsea continuously looked bleak under Mourinho as the Blues could manage to take only four points from the last 21 available to them (W1, D1, L5). Nine defeats in the opening 16 games!
Grim statistics it is for a club who just won the title only the last time. It is said to be their worst start since the club’s 1978-79' relegation, though the ‘the Special One’ insisted they were not in a relegation fight.
But could Abramovic and the Chelsea board have waited? Certainly not, because Chelsea's only home defeat in 98 league matches under Jose Mourinho prior to this season was a 2-1 defeat to Sunderland in April 2014.
He is gone; the supporters are not happy, some players are not happy, but the board can heave a sigh of relief and it only remains to be seen if a new life follows suit as they face Sunderland at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The team is sweating on the fitness of Eden Hazard after he suffered a hip injury in the defeat to Leicester with Gary Cahill, Pedro and Baba Rahman all pushing for team play time.
In the last campaign, Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 to win the EPL but this time, just when they are troubled, Sam Allardyce has got to marshal a reinforced defence and probably force down a goalless game at Stamford Bridge.
OTHER WEEKEND FIXTURES;
Chelsea v Sunderland
Everton v Leicester
Manchester United v Norwich
Southampton v Tottenham
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
West Brom v Bournemouth
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Watford v Liverpool
Swansea v West Ham
Arsenal v Manchester City