Date: 24th November 2015 at 6:02pm
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Everyone knows it’s been a disastrous start to the Premier League season for the champions, who lie 15th in the standings after losing seven of their 13 matches this term.

A 1-0 win against Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Saturday ended a run of three consecutive defeats, but Jose Mourinho is still under pressure to turn things around in West London.

So what three things have we learnt about the Blues after 13 games?

1) A number of key players need to turn their season’s around.

Chelsea were a solid outfit last season, and were led by the attacking prowess of players such as Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.

This season it has been a different story though, with the aforementioned three out of form, and Hazard, who was the Premier League Player of the Year last term, yet to score a goal or provide an assist.

11 March 2015 - UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 (2nd Leg) - Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain - Diego Costa of Chelsea turns and winks at the PSG fans as he celebrates the goal from Eden Hazard with team mates - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Diego Costa of Chelsea.

Costa also seems to be more intent on riling his opponents than focusing on scoring goals, and that is something that has to change.

2) They need a settled backline again if they are to get success.

The Blues’ title success from last season was built on a consistent back five of Courtois, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill and Ivanovic.

With Courtois injured and the defenders underperforming, that hasn’t been the case this term, and instead we have seen chopping and changing with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Kenedy given chances instead.

3) Mourinho has shown signs of being close to breaking point.

The Portuguese manager has always been an interesting and sometimes controversial coach, but he seems to have taken it to a new level this season.

His criticism of referees has intensified, he has refused to take part in pre and post-match press conferences, and even served a stadium ban for the recent trip to Stoke – another defeat.

 
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