There are some in the Football Transfer Tavern who reckon Jose Mourinho has finally run out of excuses.
The self-proclaimed special one has always been the master of diverting attention away from a poor performance, with just about anyone and anything being brought up as an excuse.
But following the reigning champions 3-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, Jose seems to have run out – judging by the way he publicly criticised his players at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“I’m not happy with anyone,” Mourinho, who also criticised himself, said.
“I’m not happy with Branislav Ivanovic’s form, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic.”
Mourinho added: “I’m not happy with my form because I used to get better results than I’m getting now.”
With Chelsea having made their worst start to a season in 17 years, Mourinho finds himself under perhaps the most pressure of his Blues career.
Here we take a look back at five of his best ever excuses as Chelsea boss – some of which he may need to bring back over the coming weeks.