Chelsea flop again as Manchester City revel in joy of six
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English champions Chelsea are on the verge of relinquishing their title. They lost for the fourth time in eight games and lie near the relegation zone of the Premier League. Manchester City, the team that posed the greatest threat to them last season, are riding high.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitted that he risked the sack after his side slumped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Southampton on Saturday night.
The Premier League champions are 10 points behind pacesetters Manchester City after their fourth defeat of the season.
"If the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me, because I am not running away," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club had and the message is bad results and the manager is guilty.
"This is a moment for people to assume their responsibilities. I assume my responsibility and the players should assume theirs too.
"There are other people at the club who should assume their responsibilities and stick together."
Chelsea took the lead in the 10th minute courtesy of a Willian free-kick. But the hosts couldn’t build on the Brazil international’s opener.
Southampton levelled just before the pause through Steven Davis. Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle compounded the home side’s misery with the strikes within 15 second half minutes.
It is Chelsea's worst start to an English top-flight season since 1978, when they finished the campaign at the foot of the table and were relegated.
"I consider myself to have a big self-esteem and a big ego, and I consider myself the best, leaving the worst period of my career and worst results of my career," Mourinho added.
"Doing that as a professional hurts me a lot. Doing that at Chelsea hurts me twice because it hurts me as a professional and because I like this club very, very much, so I want to carry on, no doubt."
Chelsea languish in 16th place with eight points after eight games. At the other end of the table, Manchester City went top after Sergio Aguero claimed five goals in the 6-1 annihilation of Newcastle United.
Kevin de Bruyne got City’s other goal. Manchester United will reclaim pole position provided they win at Arsenal on Sunday.
Crystal Palace rose to third on Saturday thanks to a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City – managed by the former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri are fourth. They won 2-1 at Norwich City. Striker Jamie Vardy celebrated his call-up to the England squad by converting a penalty in the first half. Jeffrey Schlupp added the second just after the pause.
Democratic Republic of Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani gave Norwich hopes of a comeback when he halved the deficit 20 minutes from time but Ranieri’s men held on for the win.
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