Mourinho: International break is bad timing for out-of-form Chelsea

The Blues have put up a poor start to their Premier League title defence but their manager will be unable to work on fixing it while most of his squad leave for two weeks

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set for a fortnight of frustration following his side’s home defeat by Crystal Palace.

The reigning Premier League champions’ shaky start to the 2015-16 season continued on Saturday as Alan Pardew’s Eagles claimed a shock 2-1 victory through goals from Bakary Sako and Joel Ward.

Chelsea have taken just four points from as many matches, in sharp contrast to the impressive form that they displayed in the early weeks of the previous campaign.

And Mourinho hinted at exasperation as he looked ahead to September’s international break, which will see the majority of his players link up with their respective countries.

“Because of the international break, the next match [against Everton] is in 15 days,” the Portuguese told reporters.

“I don’t know what happens in 15 days; every player goes away with their national team and I stay for two weeks with four players.

“I can’t work, I can’t improve. At this moment, I can’t do anything during these two weeks to improve my team.”

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