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Chelsea could not handle Sadio Mane, who scored one goal and assisted another.
Chelsea players react as Southampton teammates celebrate after scoring during the English Premier League
soccer match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Defending champion Chelsea fell to
its fourth loss of the Premier League
season yesterday, leaving Jose Mour-
inho talking about the possibility of
In what appeared to be a pre-emptive
move after yesterday s 3-1 home loss to
Southampton, Mourinho reminded
owner Roman Abramovich that the club
has an unwelcome reputation for dis-
In the six years before Mourinho
returned to the Chelsea dugout in 2013---
after previously coaching the team from
2004 to 2007---Abramovich went
through seven managers.
"If the club wants to sack me, they
have to sack me, because I m not running
away from my responsibility, my team,"
Mourinho told Sky Sports television.
If losing four games out of eight so
far in the league was not bad enough,
Chelsea also lost at Mourinho s former
team, FC Porto, in the Champions League
"If the club sacks me, they sack the
best manager this club has had," Mour-
inho said. "And the message is again
that...bad results, the manager is guilty.
That is the message the players have had
for a decade."
The decision to recall captain John
Terry backfired and fellow center back
Gary Cahill was similarly susceptible in
defense as Mourinho endured only his
third league loss at Stamford Bridge as
Willian had curled in a free kick after
ten minutes to put the champions in
front but Steven Davis leveled before
halftime. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle
netted in the second half to give
Southampton its first win at Chelsea
Chelsea is only four points above the
relegation zone and ten points behind
fledgling leader Manchester City. Its
latest setback overshadowed Sergio
Aguero s five-goal performance as City
trashed Newcastle 6-1.
City dominant performance in the
second half against Newcastle provided
a reminder of the team s title credentials
after back-to-back Premier League losses
and a Champions League setback.
Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle
in front in the 18th minute and it took
Aguero until three minutes before half-
time to equalise.
But in a 13-minute spell at the start
of the second half, Aguero added another
four goals, while Kevin de Bruyne also
got in on the scoring act for the lead-
ers.Aguero had only scored three goals in
the first two months of the season before
Saturday and his tally might be have
greater had he not been taken off with
around 25 minutes remaining.
"In other games he was maybe having
a lot of chances but not scoring," City
manager Manuel Pellegrini told the BBC.
"But today he returned to his normal
amount of chances he creates but this
time he scored.
"He was not upset about going off.
He was having treatment at half time
and it was a risk for him to finish the
Newcastle is last in the standings, still
without a win after eight games. North-
east rival Sunderland moved ahead on
goal difference with a 2-2 draw against
West Ham. Sunderland threw away a
2-0 lead to leave Dick Advocaat still
searching for his first victory over the
It s similarly bleak for Aston Villa,
which is a point further ahead with just
one win to its name so far. Marko Arnau-
tovic gave Stoke a 1-0 victory at Villa
There were victories for two of the
surprise packages of the early season:
Crystal Palace and Leicester.
Leicester quickly bounced back from
its first loss of the season last weekend
by winning 2-1 at Norwich. Jamie Vardy
scored a seventh goal in eight league
games for Leicester.
Yohan Cabaye set up Yannick Bolasie s
header and then scored from the penalty
spot as Palace beat West Bromwich
Albion 2-0 to move ahead of Leicester
into third place on goal difference.
A meeting between promoted clubs
Bournemouth and Watford ended in a
...as Chelseas loses again
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