Premier League weekend: 10 things we learned as nightmare continues for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea


Chelsea’s nightmare start hit a new low as they slipped to another defeat at West Ham.

Jose Mourinho and Nemanja Matic both saw red, with Chelsea sitting 15th in the Premier League table.

Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated Manchester derby failed to catch fire – yet City ended the weekend on top of the pile.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford but lead Arsenal on goal difference, after their 2-1 victory over Everton.

The wait for Jurgen Klopp’s first win as Liverpool boss continues though after his side drew again – this time at home to Southampton.

Here, then, are ten things we learned:

1) Chelsea crisis NOT over

By Neil McLeman

Last weekend’s win over Aston Villa and the midweek draw at Dinamo Kiev suggested the corner had been turned.

Even after falling behind to an early goal and seeing Nemanja Matic sent off, they fought back bravely after the break and were 12 minutes from salvaging a point.

Chelsea are now not fighting for the title. They are struggling to reach the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho’s side lost three matches in winning the title last year.

2) Vardy knows no fear

By John Wragg

It could be Real Madrid, Barcelona or a World XI.

Vardy would have no problem playing for any of them right now his confidence is so high.

He scored for the seventh game in succession against Palace.
Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring

3) Grealish offers Villa hope

By James Nursey

Joe Cole left Villa on loan this month urging Sherwood to build his side around 20-year-old Jack Grealish.

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The attacking midfielder was given a free role behind the strikers and had a crucial role in the hosts’ opener.

The new manager, whoever it is, will need Grealish if he’s to be a success

4) If Watford go down, they won’t do it quietly

By Steve Madeley

With their lack of goals overall, the Hornets look certain to be locked in a season-long fight to avoid relegation.

But if they are to drop back into the Championship, they will do so kicking and screaming both on the pitch and in the stands.

The workrate and persistence of the team in the Potteries was matched by superb support from a huge bank of travelling fans.

5) Alex Neil facing busy transfer window

By Peter Layton

Norwich clearly need help desperately and for Alex Neil the next transfer window can’t come quickly enough.

Neil will need to ship in a dominant central defender for a start, and maybe another full back and an attacking midfielder as well for good measure.

A top notch striker should be on the shopping list too, maybe someone like Charlie Austin or Benik Afobe who can guarantee the Canaries top flight goals.

Norwich currently have too many journeyman hitmen on their hands who can’t get a game, such as Cameron Jerome, Gary Hooper, Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty, and a couple of those will probably have to move on as well.

6) Arsenal can be champions

By John Cross

I’ve still got my doubts. But can they win it? Yes, definitely. Will they? Might still depend on the depth of their squad and whether injuries bite.

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But this was a big game for Arsenal. A chance to go top but a hard game against a good team after a tough, gruelling game in midweek.

But they responded with a victory which was a message of intent and shows they are genuine contenders.

7) More derby day controversy

By Simon Bird

Adam Johnson’s penalty opened the scoring just before half time…. and prompted joy and fury, depending on the colour of your stripes.

Jermain Defoe’s through ball sent Steven Fletcher and Fabricio Coloccini chasing the ball into the box.

The Argentine defender nudged the striker away as keeper Rob Elliot gathered at their feet.

Ref Rob Madley gave the spot kick….. and sent Coloccini.

An outrageous/correct decision. Take your pick.

8) Money doesn’t guarantee entertainment

By Dave Kidd

This was the richest match in Premier League history,

It featured players who cost almost half a billion pounds in transfer fees.

Yet the lack of quality – even basic competence – was utterly staggering.

9) Kane too important to leave out

By Adrian Kajumba

Harry Kane started at the Vitality Stadium despite a heavily strapped up right knee.

The precautionary measure suggested he is not fully fit.

Spurs can’t afford to take risks with him but, equally, he is too important to be left out.

And he showed why with a hat-trick.

10) Coutinho has lost his spark

By David Maddock

What happened to the Brazilian with stardust in his boots who thrilled Anfield in the second half of last time, to force his way into the samba squad?

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He’s been dropped by the Brazil coach recently, and it wasn’t hard to see why here, because he seems lacking in the explosive chemistry that made him such a handful for defences at the start of the campaign.

Maybe he needs a rest away from the side.

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