Only four months ago, he was lifting the Premier League title at Stamford Bridge for the third time as Chelsea cruised to its fourth championship, eight points ahead of runner-up Manchester City.

Now, the Blues already trail Manuel Pellegrini's side by 11 after Saturday's 3-1 loss to Everton. It was their third loss of the season, equaling the number from the whole of the last campaign.

Chelsea looked unfit, uninspired and stagnant against Everton, which relentlessly carved up the defending champions. Mourinho, so often a figure of charisma and swagger, was restless and riled, something which is fast becoming a familiar sight.

Eden Hazard propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title last season and won three separate player of the year awards after starting all 38 games and scoring 14 goals. But the Belgium international has been underwhelming and off the pace this season. He is yet to score and appears void of the flair and creativity that saw him become one of the most feared players in the league.

It is something that has swept through Chelsea's team: Diego Costa has only scored once so far, Cesc Fabregas is yet to replicate any of the invention which saw him lay on 18 assists last season and captain John Terry has been so inconsistent, Mourinho took him off at halftime in the 3-0 loss to City in the second game of the season. Their form will be key to any resurgence.

Chelsea made a very public attempt to sign Everton defender John Stones in the summer and on Saturday, it was clear to see why. Stones dissolved a number of Chelsea attacks with a reading of the game that belies his age of 21. He was comfortable in possession, passing the ball out from defense and allowing Everton to build attacks from the back.

The decision to let Petr Cech join Arsenal also looks dubious now that No 1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois faces a lengthy absence after surgery on his right knee. Asmir Begovic was bought from Stoke and the Bosnia goalkeeper has made a number of good saves so far but doesn't have the commanding presence of Courtois or Cech.

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