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Saturday 18 November 2017

Question nobody asked - who has lost most points when winning?

UNDER Jose Mourinho, Chelsea taking the lead usually meant they would park the bus and take the sort of victories that laid the foundations for their two league titles under the Portuguese.

This season, however, Chelsea taking the lead is a long way from a guarantee of three points, as they again proved yesterday in losing a lead, and two points, at Ewood Park.

Although the draw with Blackburn was the first time out of 14 that Chelsea have failed to win a game when they were in front at half-time, it was their 16th point they had dropped from a winning position -- the joint-second worst record in the league.

Of Chelsea's five defeats, four have come in games in which they have taken the lead -- against Manchester City twice and at Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park and Villa Park.

Only Stoke have dropped more points from a winning position having drawn five times and lost three after going in front, to bring their tally to 19.

At the other end of the scale, when Manchester United yesterday took a 2-1 lead through Ji-Sung Park, they maintained it to keep up their record of only dropping three points after they had gone in front -- that came in their defeat to Everton last month.

Strangely, Portsmouth sit second in the table of fewest points dropped when leading (six) -- it certainly helps Portsmouth's cause in this particular table that they don't take the lead very often.

Irish Independent

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