Jamie Redknapp: Jose Mourinho is dragging Chelsea down

Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho's behaviour this season is partly to blame for Chelsea's struggles

Jamie Redknapp has accused Jose Mourinho of “dragging the club down” after Chelsea slumped to their seventh defeat of the season at Stoke City on Saturday.

With Mourinho absent from the Britannia Stadium as he served his one-game ban, Marko Arnautovic fired home acrobatically in the 53rd minute to net the home side’s eventual winner.

The result heaped yet more pressure on Mourinho and left Chelsea 16th in the Premier League table and just three points above the relegation zone after 12 games.

And Redknapp feels that Mourinho’s behaviour since the start of the season is partly to blame for the west London club’s stuttering form.

Redknapp said on Sky Sports after Saturday’s game: “They breezed the league last year, to be in this situation is unprecedented – I can’t remember a team ever performing like this after winning the title.

“Mourinho has to take a lot of responsibility for that; the club doctor [situation], taking John Terry off at half-time against Man City, subbing Nemanja Matic on and off – he’s the best player you’ve got – Eden Hazard’s form, a stadium ban, how many more things can there be?

“You almost feel he is dragging the club down with his behaviour and if it carries on I don’t know what you can do.”

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Chelsea’s next game is a clash with Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on 21 November after the forthcoming international break.

The Blues have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight away games in the Premier League.

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