Jose Mourinho has blamed the referee yet again after Chelsea crashed to a 5-3 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day.
Harry Kane scored and assisted as Tottenham leapfrogged Arsenal to fifth spot and only lie two points adrift of Southampton who are in fourth and three behind Manchester United, who drew against Stoke City.
Chelsea's second loss of the season meant that the Blues are level on points with Manchester City and if not for John Terry's goal in the final few minutes, they would have found themselves in second position for the first time this season.
Mourinho, who had famously accused his compatriots in the Premier League of running a campaign against his team, came out fighting yet again as he questioned Phil Dowd's competency and bashed him for not handing his side a penalty moments after Chelsea had taken the lead.
However, the referee was unperturbed as the north London club scored three goals in 12 minutes and went from strength to strength as they added two more goals to their tally. Eden Hazard and Terry reduced the deficit but were too late to affect the game.
"I could go in two directions and say we made some defensive mistakes and that every rebound and deflected shot they had went in. We conceded five goals, which is something out of our context," Mourinho said.
"But I can go in another direction and say what we all know, which is, with the result 1-0, one clear action could make it 2-0. Normally, at 2-0, the result would be completely different and the history of the game would be different.
"I'm more shocked with other things than us conceding five goals. That can happen. But where I am shocked is that, in three days, we've had two incredible decisions that punished us in a very hard way. Two matches where we've come away with one point when two crucial decisions would give us six points. There are things in the game that are becoming predictable.
"After that there is an action on Eden Hazard which, honest as always, he tells me in his opinion was not a foul or a red card. So that is good, in spite the fact Mr Dowd was too slow to follow that ball. He was 40 yards away but made the right decision. The decision he was 10m away he couldn't make," he concluded.