PAOK ticket update
Tickets for our home Europa League fixture against PAOK will not go on sale tomorrow (Thursday) as originally planned.
|2005/06||9 wins||Premier League||Jose Mourinho||finished 1st|
|1928/29||6 wins||Division Two||David Calderhead||finished 9th|
|2009/10||6 wins||Premier League||Carlo Ancelotti||finished 1st|
|2010/11||5 wins||Premier League||Carlo Ancelotti||finished 2nd|
|2018/19||5 wins||Premier League||Maurizio Sarri|
Our longest-ever winning run at the start came in 2005, Jose Mourinho’s second season at the club when we won nine in a row before a draw at Everton. After such a slick start we went on to capture the championship with some ease. Incidentally, in Mourinho’s first year at Stamford Bridge his side recorded four wins at the start before a 0-0 draw at Villa; that season also a title-winning year.
The only other times this season’s start was surpassed were back in the 1920s, in the second tier, when under our longest-serving manager David Calderhead (who was in his 18th season at the helm), there were six wins on the spin but the notoriously inconsistent Pensioners only managed to finish ninth in a 22-team Division Two. Again a 0-0 draw (at Bristol City) brought the starting run of victories to an end. Later came the aforementioned record first season under Ancelotti, when six in a row set us up nicely for what proved to be our only Double-winning season.
It was the next season under Ancelotti that completes our top-five starts. That along with this season is the other five-win start, and ended with a runners-up spot.
Looking purely at the Premier League era, Maurizio Sarri goes down as one of four managers since the reshaped top flight began in 1992 to win his first five Premier League games, joining Ancelotti plus Pep Guardiola of Man City and Craig Shakespeare of Leicester.
Yesterday, in the first part of a two-part article, we looked at when the process of adapting to a change in playing style starts, and why top-level footballers are able to manage the transition quickly. Today, in part two, we ask how the work that is done away from the pitch when new eras begin helps what transpires on it, and if there is a tendency for players to automatically revert to what they know when in pressured situations…