The Premier League season is only a week old and the problems are already piling up for champions Chelsea after a 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Sunday.
Goals by Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho were the least City deserved for a dominant display against a side who took 70 minutes to register a shot on target. While a buoyant City top the table with six points, six goals scored and none conceded, Chelsea have one point after failing to win either of their opening two fixtures for the first time since 1998.
The sense of unease in the Chelsea camp was increased when talismanic skipper John Terry was substituted at halftime – the first time he had ever been hauled off by manager Jose Mourinho. Terry did not appear to be injured. “It was a comfortable game. To start the way we did today is definitely the right signal but there’s still a lot to come,” City captain Kompany, who made it 2-0 with a 79th minute header before Fernandinho cashed in on some dozy defending to complete the rout, said. Aguero opened the scoring after 32 minutes of City domination, wriggling into space to deliver a low drive past Asmir Begovic, who could have expected more protection on his first start in place of Thibaut Courtouis who was red-carded in the 2-2 home draw with Swansea city last week.
Chelsea’s troubles will not have gone unnoticed by Arsenal who belatedly got their season into gear with a 2-1 derby win at London rivals Crystal Palace — Damien Delaney’s own goal sealing their first points of the season. Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea came a week after a listless defeat by FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield curtain-raiser and was followed by Mourinho’s criticism of his club’s medical department.
They needed a strong statement on Sunday but they could have been beaten by more than three goals. “They were the best team in the first half but the best team in the second half was Chelsea for sure,” Mourinho said. “But the second and third goals we were punished by our players’ mistakes.”
“One point from six is better than no points from six,” added Mourinho who explained that Terry’s replacement by Kurt Zouma had been for tactical reasons.
Baba to join Chelsea
Ghana defender Abdul Rahman Baba is leaving Augsburg to join Premier League champion Chelsea. The Bundesliga side said Sunday a deal has been agreed between the clubs but did not disclose a transfer fee. Chelsea confirmed the transfer on its website. “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I can’t wait to train with my new teammates and very much looking forward to working with them and Mr. (Jose) Mourinho,” the 21-year-old defender was quoted as saying by Chelsea.
Baba joined Augsburg from second-division Greuther Fuerth in 2014, helping the side reach the Europa League in his only season.