The Courier-Mail

NO WAY, JOSE

Mour­inho rules out new blood af­ter Chelsea lose again

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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.

 ??  ?? NO SAV­ING BLUES: Chelsea goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois af­ter con­ced­ing in the 2-1 loss to Crys­tal Palace at Stam­ford Bridge. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages
NO SAV­ING BLUES: Chelsea goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois af­ter con­ced­ing in the 2-1 loss to Crys­tal Palace at Stam­ford Bridge. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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