Chelsea players “devastated” as dreadful run continues

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Chelsea lost to West Ham United 2-1 on Saturday, their fifth defeat in 10 Premier League outings this season, as Jose Mourinho’s nightmare campaign continues to spiral out of control.

The Blues went 1-0 down early to West Ham, then a pivotal few moments right on half time summed up how the season has gone so far for the reigning PL champs.

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First Cesc Fabregas had a goal disallowed for offside when he looked to be level with the last defender, then seconds later Nemanja Matic was shown a second yellow card for a shove on Diafra Sakho as the Blues were reduced to 10-men.

At half time Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after reportedly going to his office to remonstrate the decisions, and although the Blues battled back bravely with Gary Cahill leveling things up after 56 minutes, Andy Carroll‘s late header won the game for West Ham who sit in second place on 20 points.

One of the few Chelsea players to speak with the media afterwards, Cahill believes it was all about fine margins as the Blues sit in 15th place on 11 points.

“[The mood in the dressing room] is not great – like you’d imagine when you lose games. Last season we weren’t used to it. The lads are devastated,” Cahill said. “You’re left scratching your head sometimes. In the first half the Cesc Fabregas goal could have been given and we had the goal that was nearly over the line. That sums up the way we’re going.”

That goal which was nearly over the line was a matter of millimeters from going in, as Kurt Zouma‘s header was half-cleared by Manuel Lanzini on the line and with the naked eye any referee would have adjudged it to have been over but goal-line technology said no. The agony continues for Mourinho and his players.

However, the incident which really riled Chelsea — who had six players booked in the fiery London derby, including Diego Costa and Fabregas in the aftermath of Matic’s red card — was being reduced to 10-men just before half time. Mourinho stood with his hands in his pockets smirking and laughing on the sidelines, as everything seems to be conspiring against the Portuguese coach, on and off the field, this season.

“And then we’ve got the sending off. Originally we played on – we thought the referee had played on. Maybe the assistant called it back, I’m not sure sure what’s happened there. We’ve not had the rub of the green but we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves,” Cahill added. “We have to work hard to turn this round. Not many words are being said at the moment. I’m sure we’ll reflect in next day or so. We worked really hard at 10 men and had the majority of the play in the second half. It’s a summary of our season at the minute.”