The Saturday View - Crisis for Mourinho and Rodgers
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.
Rodgers isn't, and never will be good enough. Arrogant man with very little tactical knowledge, bailed out by good players #RodgersOut— EasyEmre (@EasyEmre) August 29, 2015
The Rodgers Out brigade don't need to come out of their holes, we've been here all along, it's just we had the wool pulled over our eyes— Ricky Mann (@RickyMann4) August 29, 2015
Spend 80 odd million on attackers but keep faith in the same centre backs that have conceded over 100 LEAGUE goals in 2 seasons #RodgersOut— #RodgersOut (@iTweetBanter) August 29, 2015
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.