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The Saturday View - Crisis for Mourinho and Rodgers

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Pardew got the better of Mourinho again
Pardew got the better of Mourinho again

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was ashed-faced as he faced a baying media pack at Stamford Bridge following his side’s 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

After losing on his second Premier League game as Chelsea boss on home soil – on the day when he celebrated his 100th game – this was a shock that left Mourinho, just for once, with nowhere to hide.

The manager famous for throwing up smoke screens to defend his players when they have a setback didn’t bother with that approach as Palace secured a deserved win, with his reflections on a day when he clearly felt his stars let him down surprisingly honest.

“This is not good enough, we have to do better,” stated a shell-shocked Mourinho.

“Too many of my players did not perform and that has to change. “I made three substitutions, but I needed four because this was not a good performance, but first of all I want to give all the credit to Palace.

“We have eight points less than the leaders, but we had a seven point lead last season and lost that, so it is not all over yet.

“What can I do? Our next game is not for 15 days because of the international matches, so I can do nothing to improve the team until then.

“What I cannot do is go to the club now and say I need this player or that player. After four games, we have to find the solution.”

Goals from the hugely impressive Bakary Sako and a winner from Joel Ward (above) gave Palace a famous victory, with their stunning form under boss Alan Pardew continuing.

Chelsea’s misery was completed by Manchester’s City’s victory over Watford, as Raheem Sterling opened his City account following his £49m summer move from Liverpool with a close-range 47th minute strike. Fernandinho was also on target in a routine 2-0 win. 

While Mourinho is facing up to a rare crisis as he heads into the international break, it is a more familiar sensation overcoming Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after his side’s shocking 3-0 home defeat against West Ham.
 
Jeers rang out at Anfield for a performance that undid all the positive work put in by Liverpool in their first three games and now the social media airwaves are filled once more with #rodgersout messages.

Arsenal won the early game after their took advantage of an early red card was handed out to Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic for an over-the-ball tackle on Francis Coquelin. Fabricio Coloccini deflected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 52nd-minute effort in off the post to end Newcastle's resistance.

Stoke had two men sent off in a 1-0 home defeat to West Brom as referee Michael Oliver handed out first-half red cards to Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam, while Aston Villa and Sunderland played out a 2-2 draw and Callum Wilson was on target for Bournemouth again in their 1-1 home draw with Leicester.