Chelsea won 2-0 against Fulham yesterday evening through goals by Oscar and John Obi Mikel.
A quite awful first half could have been made more interesting had Darren Bent rediscovered his clinical touch in front of goal - but he smashed the ball straight at Petr Cech when all he had to do was put it either side of him.
Oscar got Chelsea off the mark, but it was a fortunate goal. He put in the rebound after Samuel Eto'o saw his shot spilled by goalkeeper David Stockdale.
Fulham should have equalised moments later - when ex-Chelsea player Steve Sidwell had an open header at the back-post, but he saw it late and skewed his effort well wide.
But any threat was put to bed by an unlikely source, as John Obi Mikel scored his first Premier League goal in 185 matches to earn a needed, but not exactly convincing 2-0 win.
"That's what I read - it was a disaster. It looks like for the others, to lose is a normal thing and it looks like for us it's the end of the world. After a bad start that everybody kept telling me is the worst start for about a decade, today I go to bed and look at the table and nobody is in front of us."
Juan Mata and David Luiz were left out of the squad entirely for the game and that has stoked flames of Rafa Benitez potentially moving for the pair in January.
Benitez made Luiz and Mata two of his regular starters when he was interim boss at Stamford Bridge last season, and is ready to make a move to reacquaint himself with their respective talents at Napoli.
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