The Portugese manager served a stadium ban as Marko Arnautović piled more misery on the Blues with the Austrian proving the difference as Stoke marched to victory on week twelve's Saturday night fixture, inflicting a seventh league defeat on the Londoners.
Had it not been for Willian's Champions League heroics in the week, The Special One could find himself out the door by now. Some free-kick magic lifted the side over Dynamo Kyiv, but another drowsy performance against the Potters sends them into an even deeper crisis.
An International break now commences. Perhaps that will come as good timing for Chelsea, while owner Roman Abramovich will have some thinking to do, deciding whether he sticks with Mourinho or goes in another direction. Fans will twiddle their thumbs hoping for change after the fortnight, while the manager, should he stay, will want to put a real plan into action.
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But after Arnautović's stunning effort turned the game on its head, all the fight was zapped from the visitors. Coming off a title-winning season where they were renowned for defensive solidarity, it marked another game where the back-line just caved in. Baba Rahman was exposed and left voids on the flanks as Stoke continued to probe.
A late tactical tweak by the Chelsea management saw Hazard and Willian push up as wing-backs, eccentric to say the least. It did cause for some late nerves, but nothing was able to breach the opposition and for all their good play, they did not get the result.
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What's protected Mourinho's job up to this point is the previous work done with the club. He's a multiple title-winner and has transformed them while cultivating an irreplaceable legacy. That can only shield him for so long though, and there are more chinks in the armour cropping up.
From a rather mute interview after a substantial defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge to the very acts that meant he was unable to watch Chelsea from the touchline at Stoke City, and that well documented Eva Carneiro bust-up, few things are going well.
It's apparent that the desire to play is withered. Persistence that they prided themselves on is on the way down, and the club are moving to a stage where a managerial sacking could occur at any time now. Whenever Mourinho departs, if of course things aren't turned around, the stability of the club would take a huge hit. From a business point of view, getting rid of him in the International break would provide ample recovery time, but then again it's worth taking one or two more losses just to make sure they made the right decision by getting rid of The Special One.
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Demands of Chelsea juxtapose with their loyalty and gratitude to Mourinho. It makes a valuation of how much time he has left all the more difficult. But one thing is for sure, José is at a stage where any failure to win could be followed up by a sacking.
They won the title last season, but now lie 16th. This is more than just a crisis. Fans can stick with him for only some time, but soon even they would have had enough. If Mourinho will go down though, rest assured that he will not go without a fight, and that could be the very reason he remains Chelsea manager.