Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yet Another Bitter Pill for Big Phil; Bridge of Sighs: Luiz Felipe Scolari Shows His Frustration as He Watches His Disconsolate Team (Top) Crash out of the Carling Cup after John Obi Mikel's Penalty Is Saved (above) to Spark Burnley Celebrations

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Yet Another Bitter Pill for Big Phil; Bridge of Sighs: Luiz Felipe Scolari Shows His Frustration as He Watches His Disconsolate Team (Top) Crash out of the Carling Cup after John Obi Mikel's Penalty Is Saved (above) to Spark Burnley Celebrations

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON

Chelsea 1 Burnley 1-1 aet; Burnley win 5-4 on penalties

LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI should be a worried man this morning.

The honeymoon period at Stamford Bridge is now clearly over for the Brazilian after his side's woeful exit in the Carling Cup at the hands of Championship side Burnley last night.

Scolari is now in danger of losing the confidence of the home support. That may seem a ridiculous statement to make with Chelsea sitting top of the Premier League and their Champions League group, yet wins in a ground that had become a fortress in SW6 can no longer be taken for granted.

Portsmouth, Bordeaux, Aston Villa and Sunderland could disagree, having conceded 15 goals and scored none between them on their visit to the Fulham Road this season.

But in their other matches, Chelsea have struggled to draws with Tottenham and Manchester United, lost to title rivals Liverpool and were made to look ordinary in their 1-0 victory over Roma.

But the defeat to Burnley on penalties last night was the most dire performance of the lot.

Chelsea supporters were assured beforehand that the club were taking the competition seriously and eight of the players who were involved in the League win over Blackburn on Sunday featured against Burnley.

The starting line-up cost around [pounds sterling]80million, but with not even the club's official channel Chelsea TV bothering to show up to televise the game, it seemed the players went missing too.

The club's fans aren't used to seeing their side lose frequently in recent years, yet this is Scolari's third defeat in the last six games.

The loss was compounded by the actions of Didier Drogba, who will undoubtedly face a ban from the Football Association after foolishly throwing a coin back at the visiting supporters.

Scolari is clearly concerned over the effect another setback will have on his players. He said: "That's a problem. We lost against Liverpool, we lost against Roma [last week in Rome] and now we lost against Burnley.

"Every time we lose it's a problem for us. We need to try again with the confidence for the players. We are in a good position in the Premier League, we are in a good position in the Champions League, but now we are out of this cup.

"If I am angry, it is with me. If my players make mistakes it is because I don't give good lessons. Burnley deserved it, they took better penalties." Once again the lack of individual flair in the squad was exposed as Chelsea failed to create many chances against Owen Coyle's side.

With Joe Cole not ready to return from a hamstring problem, Scolari once again relied on Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou to provide the threat from the wings, yet the duo failed to impress..

Captain John Terry and England colleague Frank Lampard found themselves sitting together on the bench for the first time in nearly five years. …

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