In the 15th match of last season, Chelsea lost to Newcastle. It was their first loss of the year.
In the 15th match of this season, Chelsea lost to Bournemouth. It was their eighth loss of the year.
[ RECAP: Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth ]
The same team that rolled through the Premier League last season and won the title in historic fashion now sits 14th on the table, just three points above the drop.
With a 14-point gap between Chelsea and the top-four, manager Jose Mourinho said his focus is now on finishing in the top-six. The reigning champions who were minutes away from advancing to the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season are now hoping to maybe qualify for the Europa League.
This is a new low for Chelsea.
Chelsea could have been given a penalty kick and Bournemouth’s goal could have been called back for offside, but those are not excuses for the outcome. A team like Chelsea should not need to rely on calls to get a result at home against a newly promoted Bournemouth side that hadn’t won a match since September.
Entering this year, Jose Mourinho had only lost one Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in his five seasons with the club. In eight home matches this season, he has lost four.
It’s hard to explain how Chelsea has fallen like this, especially considering how dominant they were last season. From the most feared team in England, a match against Chelsea is now circled on the opponent’s calendar as a great chance to get some points.