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Chelsea manager Mourinho charged with misconduct

Not for the first time, Mourinho has been charged by the FA. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to media comments he made after Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Southampton, the Football Association has announced.

Mourinho claimed that officials were afraid to give decisions in Chelsea's favour during an emotionally charged and lengthy post-match interview.

Earlier this afternoon, Chelsea released a statement offering Mourinho their full support despite the club languishing in 16th spot after eight matches, ten points behind Man City.

Mourinho will only quit Chelsea if players lose trust

Jose Mourinho says he will only quit Chelsea if he loses the backing of the players - and John Terry insists the manager has his full support.

How long will Mourinho last as Chelsea manager? Credit: PA

The champions are 16th in the Barclays Premier League after Southampton inflicted a fourth defeat in eight games in front of Blues owner Roman Abramovich on Saturday.

Terry started for the second time in six matches but the now familiar defensive failings were all too evident, leading to speculation Mourinho might be sacked, like many of his predecessors.

The 52-year-old, who had a highly successful first spell from June 2004 to September 2007 before returning in June 2013, was adamant he would not be quitting.

"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players," Mourinho said.

"If they tell you they don't trust me, (that) is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing."


Premier League team news: Newcastle vs Chelsea

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea are looking to win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season. Credit: PA

Aleksander Mitrovic returns for Newcastle after serving a suspension as Newcastle look to register their first win of the season. Vurnon Anita is recalled and 20-year-old Kevin Mbabu makes his first league start.

Branislav Ivanovic captains Chelsea as John Terry remains out of favour and on the bench. Diego Costa is suspended, meaning Loic Remy leads the line for the champions. Radamel Falcao has to settle for a place on the bench.

Terry still the man at Chelsea, insists Mourinho

Jose Mourinho embraces John Terry after Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho insists he has no issue with John Terry despite benching his captain for Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

Terry played every minute for the Blues in the Premier League last season but was dropped in favour of Kurt Zouma for the visit of the Gunners a matter of weeks after being substituted for the young Frenchman at half-time away to Manchester City.

Zouma was imperious against Arsenal, scoring Chelsea's crucial first goal and minimising the threat of Theo Walcott as Mourinho's men kick-started their Premier League title defence.

The 20-year-old's performance - combined with Mourinho's recent treatment of Terry - raised questions about the captain's long-term future at Stamford Bridge, but his manager is adamant any such suggestions are nonsense.

John Terry doesn’t need me to speak with him because he knows what I feel and think. He knows he’s my man.

If I have to choose one of 25 to be my man he’s the first. He knows I care about him as a player and a person. He knows my decision had only one intention, which was to help my team win the match.

I thought Arsenal would come to play a defensive game, with a very fast striker who gets behind people.

If we didn’t need to win the game so much we probably would have kept our block lower and more compact, but because we desperately needed a victory we couldn’t wait, we had to bring our defensive line up.

Playing against Walcott the best player we have is Zouma. John knows how I think and if he’s normally a great captain, today he was even better.

If every player had lots of respect for him, the way he’s reacted in the last days to this situation, he has even more respect from the players.

If you want to paint a dark picture, I ask you please don’t because it’s not the reality. He’s in great condition and a great situation with the manager and club.

– Jose Mourinho post-match

Wenger blasts 'unacceptable' Costa after Chelsea beat Arsenal

Diego Costa and Gabriel clash during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal Credit: PA

A seething Arsene Wenger insists it was "unacceptable" that referee Mike Dean failed to send off Diego Costa during Chelsea's 2-0 win over Arsenal.

The Gunners saw Gabriel and Santi Cazorla red carded either side of half-time at Stamford Bridge, with the Brazilian given his marching orders for reacting petulantly to a prolonged altercation with the Chelsea striker.

Second-half goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard wrapped up a vital three points for Chelsea after their worst start to a league season in 29 years, but it was the behaviour of Costa that dominated the post-match debate.

Wenger made no attempt to defend Gabriel but remained adamant that his defender was provoked by Costa, and called for the Spain international to face retrospective action from the Football Association.

In every game [Costa] has aggravation and he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee.

When someone touches him he goes down like he's been killed.

He can do what he wants he stays on and everybody else has to be sent off. I think it is unacceptable.

He will do the same next week and the week after and he always gets away with it. It's always provocation. This is where there was naivety by Mike Dean.

– Arsene Wenger post-match

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, however, saw no problem with Costa's confrontational approach and hailed him as the game's outstanding performer.

Costa played like he has to play and that's why stadiums are full. The game has to be played like that.

I don't have a view on the sending off. Man of the match for sure was Diego Costa. He brought everything to the game.

To win derbies you need emotional control. I played derbies in Portugal, Spain, Italy & again England. It is something I repeat.

I played against Arsenal 12, 15, 18 times. And only once [Wenger] didn't moan. And that day we lost [the Community Shield].

– Jose Mourinho post-match


The numbers behind woefully out-of-sorts Chelsea

Chelsea's start to the Premier League season has proved so comically poor it's easy to forget they topped the table throughout 2014/15 with pretty much exactly the same team.

Chelsea are unrecognisable from last season. Credit: Oulala

The worst Premier League champions in history avoided slipping into the relegation zone on Monday only because West Ham beat Newcastle.

Here, Oulala take a look at some of the numbers defining Chelsea's first five Premier League games compared to this time last season, when Jose Mourinho's side were sitting pretty in top spot.

The Blues' shot accuracy is down by 11%, they have 3% more possession on average, the pass accuracy is identical but tackles won have dropped from 51% to 38%.

It's perhaps this last figure which has caused the most problems for Chelsea, who are incomprehensibly toothless and much easier to break down than ever before under Mourinho.

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