Branislav Ivanovic has taken the brunt of criticism from Chelsea fans for his play this season, but according to data from whoscored.com, Ivanovic is only the fourth worst performing Chelsea player this season.
According to the stats, the Chelsea player who has underperformed the most, compared to last season is captain John Terry, whose rating has dropped from 7.03 to 6.07. Terry was brilliant last season, but this season he has really struggled, winning fewer than half as many aerials per game as last season. Tackles, interceptions and clearances are all down, the last of those three dramatically so. That Mourinho dropped him is a logical move, despite what the newspapers say.
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Rumors are running rampant about who will be the new boss at Liverpool and one of the wilder ones links current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with the job.
The Blues boss is under mounting pressure after the Premier League champions suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
In an attempt to dampen speculation on their manager’s future, Chelsea have released a statement giving the Special One a vote of confidence. The statement said:
“The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be out of action until December because of his knee injury.
The Belgian goalkeeper hasn’t played since injuring his knee in training at the beginning of Septemberand he underwent surgery last month.
Mourinho is confident Courtois will be out until the Christmas period after undergoing surgery and now Courtois has echoed those comments.
“In three months, I hope [to return]. Hopefully early December,” Courtois told broadcaster RTBF.
“If there are complications, I will work quietly to return.
Chelsea’s fans in Portugal in midweek sang “We Want Our Captain Back” and Jose Mourinho acquiesced, restoring John Terry to the starting XI for his first league appearance since the 3-1 loss at Everton in early September. But it didn’t go the way that Terry or the Chelsea fans hoped, as the Blues captain looked extremely uncomfortable against the pace of the Saints.
Terry played well in the first half as Chelsea dominated possession and Southampton were playing a lot of high balls towards Graziano Pelle, something that Terry can handle in his sleep.
After another disastrous performance, there are more than a few whisper calling for Jose Mourinho to be fired. And knowing the track record of Roman Abramovich in firing managers, Jose Mourinho tried to head off the talk about him getting fired after the Southampton defeat saying:
“No way I resign,” he said. “No way. Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in the world that belong to my level but not better, not better.”
Chelsea’s disastrous season continued with a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton on Saturday that left Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions 10 points behind leaders Manchester City in 16th place.
Having taken an early lead through Willian, it had to be alarming for Blues fan to see how easily Mourinho’s side collapsed, with Steven Davis levelling for Ronald Koeman’s team before second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle wrapped up the win.
Heading into this season, Stamford Bridge had been a fortress for Mourinho, and he had lost only once at home in the league in four seasons. But it is barely October and he has already seen his side beaten twice at Stamford Bridge, following an earlier defeat by Crystal Palace in August.
Jose Mourinho has admitted Chelsea’s start to the season is the ‘worst period’ in his career.
The Blues go into Saturday evening’s match with Southampton at Stamford Bridge sitting in 14th place in the Barclays Premier League, having won just two of their first seven matches. They were also beaten 2-1 by Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
‘I define it as the worst period in my career with the worst results in my career, which I see as a fantastic experience.
Chelsea’s supporters were still being held high inside the Dragao Stadium when John Terry emerged from the tunnel to perform a set of sprints and exercises.
Most of those who had witnessed Porto’s 2-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday had filed out happily into the night.
Those who had made the trip from London rose to greet Terry and launched into a chorus of:
‘We want our captain back.’
The 34-year-old responded with the usual display of mutual appreciation, except this time there was an extra resonance. Terry had been an unused substitute in Porto, as he has been for four of the last five games.
Chelsea have made a horrendous start to the season and defender Branislav Ivanovic’s performance against Porto summed up everything that is wrong with the Premier League champions this season.
Ivanovic was simply awful against Porto where he made just 10% of his tackles in the Champions League (one out of ten), which took until the 90th min against Porto to finally come.
One of the tackles that he missed saw Brahimi dance past the 31-year-old in the 39th minute, leading to the first Porto goal.
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Reflecting on a narrow Champions League defeat to Porto on Tuesday night, Jose Mourinho said two defensive errors proved costly.
The home side took the lead through six minutes before half-time, but Willian equalised with a brilliant free-kick with the last action of the first half.
Porto, however, restored their advantage shortly after the break courtesy of a Maicon header, and although Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic went close to levelling once more, that goal proved decisive.