The return of Jose Mourinho to the Premier League to manage Chelsea hasn’t been as smooth as expected.
The Portuguese manager hasn’t been able to dominate the competition as he did in first stint with The Blues, and today’s result certainly won’t help the cause. Chelsea looked overmatched and lifeless in their visit to Stoke City, and as a result the hosts ended up winning the game by a 3-2 score.
Chelsea has struggled away from home all season long, but this was a game they should’ve won — at least on paper. Despite their sloppy play, Chelsea has one of the best teams in the whole world and certainly they are a top squad in the Premier League. However, they couldn’t show it today against a much lesser opponent.
German striker Andre Schürrle was the lone bright spot of the team offensively, scoring Chelsea’s two goals and often creating danger upfront. The defense, however, was unable to maintain the early lead and surrendered a goal to towering striker Peter Crouch just before halftime.
Former Manchester City playmaker Stephen Ireland put Stoke ahead, but Schürrle evened things up early in the second half. Chelsea looked capable of getting at least one point, but Oussama Assaidi thought something different and struck goal near stoppage time to send the home fans into raptures.
Chelsea couldn’t solve Stoke’s defensive puzzle and they will return empty-handed to Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho needs to learn how to create chances against teams that employ a defensive strategy because otherwise they won’t be able to make much noise this season.