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The Saturday View - Mourinho's refugee comment causes a stir

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Naismith bagged a hat-trick as Everton beat Chelsea
Naismith bagged a hat-trick as Everton beat Chelsea

Jose Mourinho tried to pour some perspective on his side's nightmare start to their Premier League title defence - as he suggested the pressure he feeling is nothing compared to the ongoing crisis afflicting Syrian refugees.

In a comment that has caused a stir on Twitter, Mourinho looked to use the desperate plight of fleeing Syrians to highlight how his team's poor start to the season is not a major crisis.

Chelsea lost their third game of the season as a Steven Naismith hat-trick condemned the Blues to a 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park, with this comment from Mourinho a talking point after the game.

His full interview with BT Sport gave the impression that there was no major problem in his side, despite their comprehensive defeat that leaves them 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

City took full advantage of Chelsea's ongoing slump as they secured a last gasp win as younger Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to make a name for himself with a last gasp winner at Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott justified his faith in his striking capabilities with a goal in the 2-0 win over Stoke.

Wenger was criticised for refusing to add to his strike options during the transfer window, but both Walcott and his replacement Olivier Giroud were on target at the Emirates Stadium.

"If Walcott plays and scores everybody says Walcott is good," Wenger said. "But before the game everybody says 'why did you not buy a striker?'

"If I bought a striker Walcott would not have played. It's always a vicious circle. At some stage you've just to believe in your players and give them a chance."

Watford secured their first win of the season as they saw off Swansea 1-0 at Vicarage Road, while Ireland's Wes Hoolahan was among the goals as Norwich beat Bournemouth. West Bromwich Albion and Southampton played out a 0-0 draw.