Everton 3 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho defends his champions

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists the Blues have been unfortunate with recent results in Premier League

Jose Mourinho reminded Chelsea’s critics that his players are still the Premier League champions after an emphatic defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith was introduced after an early injury to Muhamed Besic, and the Scotland international scored twice in the space of five minutes to put the Toffees in charge on Merseyside.

The way they are playing is not so bad as the results but in every game everything goes against [us]

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic halved the deficit with a brilliant long-range strike before half-time, but Naismith extinguished the prospect of a Blues comeback with his hat-trick goal in the 83rd minute.

But Mourinho refused to criticise the defending Premier League champions after the 3-1 defeat as he bemoaned Chelsea’s recent misfortunes.

“The results are going wrong. Too wrong for our quality and too wrong for our statures,” Mourinho told BT Sport.

“And too wrong for what the players deserve. The players deserve much more than what they are getting.

“But now it’s easy for everyone to criticise me and and the players and everything is wrong and we don’t play well.

“I completely disagree. I am a champion. The players are the champions.

“The way they are playing is not so bad as the results but in every game everything goes against [us].”

Chelsea have collected just four points from their opening five Premier League games.

The Blues have already conceded 12 goals in the top-flight this term.

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The defending champions welcome bitter rivals Arsenal to Stamford Bridge next weekend.

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