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Chelsea lose at Porto to continue poor start

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Chelsea continued their poor start to the season after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s former club, Porto.

The Champions League is the one thing Mourinho has had little success with during his time at Stamford Bridge, and qualification to the next round has taken a knock after his former employers won the game in Portugal.

Andre Andre gave Porto the lead, volleying in after Asmir Begovic pushed away Yacine Brahimi’s effort, but Willian, who equalised for the Blues as Chelsea came from two goals down to earn a point at Newcastle at the weekend, equalised on the verge of half time with a brilliant free kick.

But the 2004 Champions regained the lead in the second half as Maicon’s flicked header beat Begovic, continuing Jose Mourinho’s side’s abysmal start to the season.

Diego Costa, who is serving a three match domestic ban for violent conduct from Chelsea’s win over Arsenal, hit the bar, and both Cesc Fabregas and Pedro both forced former Spanish teammate Iker Casillas into saves.

But the early pressure failed to pay off, as Porto left the Estadio do Dragao with a vital three points.

In the Premier League, Chelsea find themselves eight points behind the league leaders Manchester United, and Jose Mourinho’s side have lost five from their opening eleven games in all competitions.

Mourinho must now rebuild his sides confidence ahead of this weekend’s home fixture against Southampton, hoping to reduce the deficit on the league leaders.

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Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.

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