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Jose Mourinho is heralded for having always won the league in his second season at a club before suffering "Third Season Syndrome," a condition that often sees relations with his employers rapidly deteriorate before ending with his departure. Comfortingly, Arsenal can generally be relied upon to fall into their familiar annual habit of seeing their title challenge fizzle out before the leaves have started falling from the trees.
If Manchester United's players weren't aware before, they certainly are now. Jose Mourinho, once a man praised because his antics and public proclamations were perceived as distraction techniques, ways to divert attention and pressure away from his players, proved on Saturday that he's perfectly happy to blame someone else when things go wrong.
"I don't even remember a friendly match where our attitude was so poor," Mourinho said after United's 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield. "When I lose matches, I...
Chelsea came back from 2-1 down to beat Watford 4-2 in a frenetic encounter at Stamford Bridge. Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues with a world-class strike in the 12th minute but the visitors refused to lay down and hit back with goals either side of the break.
Abdoulaye Doucoure beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post to level in first-half stoppage time and, when Roberto Pereyra put the visitors ahead, it looked like Chelsea, whose defending was at times shambolic, might be heading to a third...
LONDON -- Three points from Chelsea's 4-2 comeback win versus Watford on Saturday at Stamford Bridge that saw the defending champions avoid three consecutive Premier League defeats.
1. Chelsea remain in the title hunt
Midway through the action-packed second half at Stamford Bridge, it genuinely seemed that Chelsea's title defence was over. With a loss, they would have ended Saturday 12 points behind leaders Manchester City. Instead, a stunning late turnaround means Chelsea are in fourth place and...
To say that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is not a happy man would be something of an understatement. Not even Eden Hazard's late equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Roma could soften his mood with the Italian maintaining a face like thunder during the rest of the match and the ensuing news conference.
There have been no attempts to play down the difficult situation that he has found himself in after a draw and two defeats from his past three matches. There have been no attempts to deflect any of the...
Champions Chelsea are troubled. Manager Antonio Conte's long-term future is far from certain, and similar noises of dissatisfaction were made before the departures of fellow title-winning predecessors such as Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
Saturday, then, appears an opportune time for Marco Silva to bring high-flying Watford to Stamford Bridge.
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