Chelsea are going backwards, ex-Blues striker warns Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton says the Blues are treading water after 3-1 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park

Chelsea are going backwards after a 3-1 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park, according to Chris Sutton.

The Blues suffered their third Premier League defeat of the season after Steven Naismith scored a perfect hat-trick against the defending English champions.

Jose won’t be going anywhere, but you cannot afford to start the Premier League sluggishly and they have done

Chris Sutton

Jose Mourinho’s side have collected a mere four points from a possible 15 after losing to Manchester City, Crystal Palace and Everton in the opening weeks.

While Sutton believes Mourinho’s position at the west London side isn’t under threat, the former Chelsea striker claimed the defending champions are “treading water”.

“That result was very unlike Chelsea,” Sutton told BBC Sport.

“Jose won’t be going anywhere, but you cannot afford to start the Premier League sluggishly and they have done. They are treading water, or really going backwards.

“This is the first time in his Chelsea career that he has been under real, real pressure.”

Chelsea welcome bitter London rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in their next Premier League game next Saturday.

Mourinho’s side have already lost three league games this season which is the same number of defeats that Chelsea suffered in their 2014/15 title-winning campaign.

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The Blues have conceded 12 goals in five games which is more than any other club in the Premier League this term.

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