Stoke City  striker Marko Arnautovic scores the winning goal in the Premier League match against Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Stoke City 1 Chelsea 0 Chelsea suffered a third straight Premier League defeat as they were beaten 1-0 at Stoke to heap the pressure back on their ab(...)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: still retains the support of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Diego Costa is confident he will be fit for Chelsea’s home game against Liverpool on Saturday despite damaging his ribs in midweek as the holders wer(...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

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José Mourinho has admitted Chelsea’s current poor spell has been the most difficult of his career. Photograph: Reuters

José Mourinho has admitted he has endured “the worst period” of his managerial career during Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season and moved to off(...)

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho sits on the bench during half-time in the Champions League Group G match against his former club FC Porto at at Estádio do Dragão. Photograph: Jose Coelho/EPA

FC Porto 2 Chelsea 1 Jose Mourinho used to exude calm authority in these parts but, as panic gripped his Chelsea team here, the Portuguese could only (...)

Chelsea’s Ramires scores his side’s first goal during the  Premier League match against Newcastle at St James’ Park. Photograph:  Owen Humphreys/PA

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 2 Substitutes Ramires and Willian got Chelsea out of jail as they fought back from 2-0 down at Newcastle to snatch a point. Ayoze (...)

Diego Costa fires home Chelsea’s third goal in the Champions League Group G clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Chelsea 4 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 European competition has finally provided Chelsea with some respite. For the first time this season, the odd sprightly pe(...)

Crystal Palaces defender Joel Ward heads home the winning goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP

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Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires home a left-foot shot in the  FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:   Andrew Matthews/PA

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0 It has taken 14 attempts, spread over 11 years, and in the most difficult moments Arsene Wenger has looked like he would cheerfull(...)

Chelsea’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao during a team training session at Chelsea’s training ground in Stoke D’Abernon, south of London. Photograph: Getty Images

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he could adopt a two-pronged attack with Colombian Radamel Falcao offering more options for the coming season after(...)