Chelsea's crisis deepens

Mauro Zarate celebrating his scoring West Ham United's first goal at Upton Park after 17 minutes.
Mauro Zarate celebrating his scoring West Ham United's first goal at Upton Park after 17 minutes.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Just when one thought that a win and two clean sheets in the last week had lifted everyone at Chelsea, the Blues were plunged into more crisis yesterday.

Manager Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for voicing his displeasure over a red card to referee Jonathan Moss at the interval in the 2-1 Premier League loss to West Ham.

After an even start at Upton Park, Chelsea fell behind in the 17th minute when they failed to deal with a corner and Mauro Zarate drilled home. Then the tide turned totally against them.

First, a Kurt Zouma header was somehow scrambled off the line. Then, a Cesc Fabregas goal was disallowed for offside.

A minute before half-time, midfielder Nemanja Matic was sent off after a second yellow, which appeared a bit harsh. Assistant coach Silvino Louro got his marching orders for reacting furiously to the decision while Mourinho received the same treatment when he confronted the referee in the tunnel.

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In the 55th minute, Gary Cahill slotted home from a corner to level. But West Ham forward Andy Carroll made sure of three points when he looped a header home following a messy clearance by John Terry.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 25, 2015, with the headline 'Chelsea's crisis deepens'. Print Edition | Subscribe