Jose Mourinho and Chelsea look to achieve his impossible dream at Newcastle
Jose Mourinho brings his Chelsea players to Tyneside hoping/expecting to make it 24 games in a row this season without defeat.
Last weekend a goalless draw at Sunderland proved that even the runaway league leaders have an off day.
It seems remarkable that in his all conquering first spell at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho never beat Newcastle in the league, especially when you consider this conicided with the depressing Graeme Souness era when he destroyed Sir Bobby’s team.
In that three season spell the results at Newcastle were 1-1 (2004/05) 1-0 (2005/06) and 0-0 (2006/07).
When you consider Chelsea’s dominance in that period under Jose it is a strange one;
2004/05 Chelsea won the league with 95 points and won 29 of the 38 PL matches
2005/06 Chelsea again won it, this time with 91 points, winning 29 of the 38 again
2006/07 Chelsea dropped to second with 83 points and 25 wins out of 38
2013/14 Saw Chelsea finish 3rd on 82 points and 25 wins again.
A remarkable record for Jose Mourinho but still no Premier League win at St.James’ Park, despite winning a staggering 107 of the 152 Premier League matches over those four seasons.
The Chelsea manager has also managed his team in three cup matches at St.James’ Park with mixed results.
In both 2004/05 and 2006/07 Mourinho came away with wins in the League Cup, 2-0 after extra time and 1-0 in normal time.
However, Newcastle got the better of Jose in a remarkable FA Cup match in 2005, Newcastle leading through an early Kluivert goal and Mourinho reacted by using all three substitutes at half-time, this move instantly backfiring when Wayne Bridge was forced off two minutes into the second half and Chelsea having to play with ten men for the full second period.
United seeing the game out 1-0.
United of course won 2-0 last season in the fixture with an excellent team performance but when you look at Chelsea’s form so far, it will need another great performance if this Jose Mourinho non-winning record is to continue.
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