Chelsea lost for the first time this season away to Newcastle and their coach Jose Mourinho placed the blame on the ball boys at St James Park, “We wanted to play a lot more football but that was not possible because of things that I thought didn’t belong in top level football any more,” said the Chelsea manager when interviewed on BTSport. “The ball goes out, it doesn’t come back and the ball boys run away. But no complaints.” That sounds like a complaint.
Chelsea started the season impressively with 11 wins and 3 ties in their first 14 games. There was talk of Chelsea being the new “Invincibles”, the famous Arsenal side of 2003-04 that went a full season undefeated with 26 wins and 12 ties. But Chelsea left St. James Park Saturday, where Jose has never won, with a 2-1 loss and Jose, after such a blazing start, left to rue a mere 3 point gap at the top of the premier league over last season’s champs, Manchester City–and, of course, the ball boys.