Saturday 17 August 2019

Chelsea scoreboard predicts Champions League defeat five hours before the start of the game

It seems as though Chelsea are preparing themselves for another home defeat
It seems as though Chelsea are preparing themselves for another home defeat

Callum Davis

Stamford Bridge officials have become so used to Chelsea losing at home that they've taken to posting the defeat on the Stamford Bridge scoreboard before the match has even begun.

Chelsea welcome Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev to Stamford Bridge tonight in a must-win game for Jose Mourinho who has been give his final chance by Roman Abramovich to turn Chelsea's so-far abject season around.

However, the culture of losing seems to be so ingrained in everyone concerned with Chelsea football club that the scoreboard operators are practising for the eventuality of another Chelsea defeat.

Chelsea's desperate form sees them lying 16th in the Premier League table following a run of six defeats in their first 11 league games.

Following Saturday's defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, their third home defeat of the season, Jose Mourinho was understood to be issued with his final warning to halt Chelsea's slump. 

Chelsea welcome Dynamo Kiev to Stamford Bridge after a start to their Champions League campaign which has seen them win once, draw once and lose once in their first three games.

Jose Mourinho has remained bullish about his position, saying he has been prepared for such a poor run of form ever since he won the Champions League in 2004 with Porto.

"I said that one day in my career bad results will come and I will face the bad results with the same honesty and dignity that I'm facing now as European champion. I resisted well to the nature of my job, to the nature of football - 11 years waiting for this. It took time, but came in a moment where I am stable and I am strong to face it."

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