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Losing a special experience for Blues manager

SATURDAY was Chelsea’s second defeat of the season, after losing to Man Utd on November 7.

The loss to Middlesbrough ended an 18-game unbeaten run.

That’s one defeat more than last season, when Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City on 16 October, 2004.

Unbeaten runs are familiar territory for Jose Mourinho: in 2002/03 his Porto side went 21 games from the start of the 34-game campaign before suffering their first defeat; the following season they went 28 games unbeaten before losing. Last Saturday was his third defeat in 64 Premiership games as manager.

Boro came into last Sunday’s game with a different record. They’d won only one of their last 11 Premiership encounters, and that against already-doomed Sunderland.

Heavy defeats are unusual for the Special One. Mourinho has only ever lost 14 league games, including Saturday’s, during his five-and-a-half years as a manager with Benfica, Uniao Leiria, Porto and Chelsea.

The Boro defeat was only the third time his side has lost by three goals. The others were four and six years ago respectively: 8 March, 2002, when Belenenses beat his Porto side 3-0, and 5 November, 2000 when Benfica lost 3-0 at Maritimo.

Last Saturday was the second Premiership outing this season in which Chelsea failed to score.

 

Losing a special experience for Blues manager

SATURDAY was Chelsea’s second defeat of the season, after losing to Man Utd on November 7.

The loss to Middlesbrough ended an 18-game unbeaten run.

That’s one defeat more than last season, when Chelsea lost 1-0 to Manchester City on 16 October, 2004.

Unbeaten runs are familiar territory for Jose Mourinho: in 2002/03 his Porto side went 21 games from the start of the 34-game campaign before suffering their first defeat; the following season they went 28 games unbeaten before losing. Last Saturday was his third defeat in 64 Premiership games as manager.

Boro came into last Sunday’s game with a different record. They’d won only one of their last 11 Premiership encounters, and that against already-doomed Sunderland.

Heavy defeats are unusual for the Special One. Mourinho has only ever lost 14 league games, including Saturday’s, during his five-and-a-half years as a manager with Benfica, Uniao Leiria, Porto and Chelsea.

The Boro defeat was only the third time his side has lost by three goals. The others were four and six years ago respectively: 8 March, 2002, when Belenenses beat his Porto side 3-0, and 5 November, 2000 when Benfica lost 3-0 at Maritimo.

Last Saturday was the second Premiership outing this season in which Chelsea failed to score.