NO WAY, JOSE
Mourinho rules out new blood after Chelsea lose again
JOSE Mourinho has no plans to spend big in the final few days of the transfer window in a bid to end champions Chelsea’s early season English Premier League malaise.
Chelsea’s shock 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace yesterday left Mourinho’s men eight points behind leaders Manchester City four games into the campaign.
Those four league matches have yielded two defeats, including a 3-0 reverse at City, compared with three losses in the whole of last season’s league program.
Asked if he would be splashing the cash on Everton’s John Stones and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, two big-money targets both linked to Chelsea, Mourinho said: “I hope not. I don’t like that.
“I gave my club the report of the season projection on April 24.
‘‘I don’t think it’s now, on the 29th or 30th August to say ‘I want this and that or I want to try this and that’.
“The reality is that we have had a bad start. Four points is a very bad start.”
Chelsea were left reeling as fellow London club Palace secured their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1982 and inflicted Mourinho’s second defeat in 100 home league matches as the Blues’ manager.
Bacary Sako opened the scoring in the second half before substitute Radamel Falcao seemed to have earned Chelsea at least a point when he headed home.
Mourinho ordered his players to stop celebrating and to try to win the game.
But within two minutes, Joel Ward struck to seal the match for the visitors.
Sky Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini insisted it was far too early for his team to get carried away despite City’s eight-point lead.
Pellegrini’s side have maximum points from four matches after beating Watford 2-0 at Eastlands.
“We are not thinking about what happened with Chelsea,’’ Pellegrini said.
Liverpool were beaten for the first time this season as West Ham United’s 3-0 victory gave the east Londoners their first league triumph at Anfield since 1963.
Goals from Manuel Lanzini and Mark Noble put Slaven Bilic’s side firmly in control before Diafra Sakho’s late effort wrapped it up.
Arsenal clinched their second league win of the season with a 1-0 success at 10-man Newcastle United.
Leicester City left it late to salvage a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, Sunderland remain without a league win after a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa, while West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at nine-man Stoke City, who had Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam sent off.
Tottenham Hotspur drew 0-0 against visitors Everton at White Hart Lane.