Gary Neville: Why Chelsea form isn’t a blip
The former Manchester United defender runs rule over Chelsea's start to the Premier League season
Gary Neville says Chelsea’s start to the season isn’t a blip after their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Blues had to fight back from 2-0 down as Brazilian duo Ramires and Willian rescued a valuable point for the west London side.
Chelsea are in that position now, where Mourinho somehow has to get his message over to the players, or they have to wake up themselves and recognise it is not good enough
Chelsea remained in 15th place following the stalemate after a return of eight points from a possible 21 to start the defence of their league crown.
Former Manchester United defender Neville warned Jose Mourinho’s side that improvement was required if the Blues are to retain their title.
“This is not a blip now, this is dragging on, and they need to come out of it,” Neville told Sky Sports News. “I’m not sure where that’s coming from but they need to get out of it pretty quickly.
“I remember times when you win the league, and it is quite normal the next season that you have a little dip at the start of the season. But I remember the manager would regularly come in after winning the league and say: ‘Right, you’re bored now, aren’t you? But you have got to get yourselves going.’
“Chelsea are in that position now, where Mourinho somehow has to get his message over to the players, or they have to wake up themselves and recognise it is not good enough. It is nowhere near good enough.”
Chelsea have drawn with Swansea City and Newcastle United in the Premier League this season.
Mourinho’s men have already lost 3-0 to Manchester City, were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace before a 3-0 defeat by Everton this term.
The Blues did manage to beat West Bromwich Albion and bitter rivals Arsenal, though.