Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Blues Crisis? Wait until the Month Is Out

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Blues Crisis? Wait until the Month Is Out

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Byline: Barclay's account Patrick Barclay

NO WONDER Jose Mourinho was planning to be at Chelsea's training ground by seven this morning; there's plenty to be done. If he were the previous manager, he'd probably have been greeted outside the Cobham gates by a banner reading "Rafa out", despite the early hour.

At least Mourinho had the consolation of knowing he is still surrounded by love.

It's a little soon to be detecting a crisis, even at Chelsea. To do so would lack due deference to the Everton side who beat them on Saturday as well as Basle, who, with not just Tottenham but Manchester United on their list of relatively recent victims, should not have been taken lightly at Stamford Bridge.

Were they? You can't make an omelette without breaking eggs and it could be argued that Mourinho helped Basle to do that by fielding Marco van Ginkel alongside Frank Lampard in the space Murat Yakin's counterattackers so expertly exploited. …

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