The delirium that greeted Jose Mourinhos return to Chelsea after six years has not been matched by results on the field,at least as of now.
The worst start to a season in Roman Abramovichs decade as owner saw Chelsea fall to its first league loss at Everton followed by the Champions League loss to FC Basel 2-1. Although theres little danger of his love affair with the fans ending soon,theres little margin for error for Mourinho in Saturdays derby against Fulham.
Six games into the season and only a single goal has been scored by a Chelsea forward. Even then,Fernando Torres goal only came in the far-from-meaningful Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich. Torres didnt make the squad for the match against Basel,while forward Demba Ba only came off the bench.
Mourinho seems to be favoring Samuel Etoo,although the Cameroon striker hasnt found the net in his two games since joining from Anzhi Makhachkala. Etoo was the highest-paid player in the world at Anzhi,and Mourinho said he was at the Russian club not for the right reasons and you lose hunger and appetite.
Meanwhile,surprise leader Liverpool will continue to keep their foot on the pedal during their Saturday fixture. The pacesetters remain the team that hasn’t won the title since 1990,although Liverpool isn’t starting to plan the celebrations for a 19th English title. The Reds host Southampton on Saturday after seeing their perfect start end with a draw at Swansea on Monday. While that may have an effect on the top of the table,there is an equally vital clash at the other end. The bottom two,West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland,are the only teams yet to win. They meet on Saturday at the Hawthorns.
Ferguson-Rooney patch up
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson lavished praise on Wayne Rooney’s form in comments that are being interpreted in the British media as the extension of an olive branch to the unsettled player. “Wayne’s performance was fantastic,I was pleased to see that,” the 71-year-old said. “He’s got his energy back – the determination,his purpose to attack players,was all very encouraging to me. Being a director,I’m delighted to see that. He’s back to what we always remember him as.”