Everton 3 Chelsea 1: The stats that show just how badly Chelsea have started this season

It is the club's worst start to a league season in 29 years

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Chelsea's 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off extended their miserable start to the season, which has now seen them take just four points from their opening five games.

This was a milestone defeat but not only because it was so unexpected.

As Steven Naismith's strikes rained in on the Chelsea goal, Twitter's statisticians kept reminding us of just how badly Jose Mourinho's men have started the season, and just how difficult it will be for them to retain their crown.

The title is almost certainly out of sight. You have to go a long way back to find a side who recovered from such a poor start to claim the championship...

In fact, they'll be lucky to finish second, given that no Premier League team has ever started this badly and finished higher than third.

And just to illustrate how poorly their once-indomitable defence is playing...

It seems to be part of a pattern. Barring a marginal improvement last season, Mourinho's Chelsea defences seem to have conceded goals at a quicker rate season-on-season.

What's more, today marked the first time that one of his Chelsea team have conceded a Premier League hat-trick. It was a perfect one (left foot, right foot, header), at that.

The numbers don't lie. After their worst start for 29 years, it looks like Chelsea's title challenge is all but over.

 

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