Chelsea this evening lost 1-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia stadium and are now languishing close to the relegation zone. For a team who won the premier league last season this is the most contrasting of tales. The Blues, with embattled manager Jose Mourinho serving a stadium ban, enjoyed the better of the game in the first period, but failed to take any of the chans that fell their way.
And Austrian forward Arnautovic made Chelsea pay nine minutes into the second half when he
volleyed expertly past Asmir Begovic on his return
to the Britannia Stadium.
The victory was, of course, not without its controversial moment; Loic Remy found himself clipped by Jack Butland as he rounded the Stoke goalkeeper five minutes from time. Instead of going to ground, the Frenchman opted to stay on his feet and, off balance, tried to score, to no avail.
Referee Anthony Taylor, in initially allowing play to
continue, decided against awarding Chelsea a
An international break looms, the traditional sacking window for Premier League owners, and
Jose Mourinho will have to wait to see whether
Roman Abramovich considers him fit to continue
when we resume.
On Saturday he wasn’t there of course, banned for
his rant at referee Jon Moss two weeks ago but his
presence was everywhere, from the Mourinho
masks to the loud support from the Chelsea