Jose Mourinho is wrong – Chelsea are genuine relegation contenders

The bookies still expect Chelsea to rally between now and the end of the season, with the Blues having averaged less than a point per Premier League match so far.

While the London side sit just a point above the relegation zone, the bookies still make the prospect of Chelsea going down to the Championship a remote one, with Sky Bet offering 80/1 that this happens.

However, with sixteen games played, the table doesn’t lie. Leicester’s 2-1 win against Chelsea on Monday was richly-deserved, with Riyad Mahrez supplying the ammunition for Jamie Vardy before scoring himself to ensure that the Foxes landed the three points.

If the Blues had any fear factor, it has swiftly disappeared and the Diego Costa of last season has been replaced by a snarling equivalent who ploughs a lonely furrow in attack.

Eden Hazard looked uninterested before sustaining an injury at the King Power Stadium, while John Terry has gone from the Premier League’s best defender to a liability at the back who is hooked when things aren’t going the team’s way.

Andy Carroll isn’t the sharpest tool in the box although the West Ham striker reckons that it could be tough for Chelsea to work their way out of trouble.

Carroll told Sky Sports: “It’s crazy to see, the quality in that team, at the bottom of the league.

“It is tough to actually realise that they are such a good team, with quality players, and who spent so much money on those players – they just can’t string a pass together at the minute.”

Asked if they could truly be considered as candidates for the drop, Carroll added: “You never know. It is hard to see it, isn’t it? I think that’s the problem.

“It is hard to think Chelsea could be in the bottom three at the end of the season. But the way they are going, I don’t see why they can’t get relegated. I think it’s on the cards.”