England League Two

Chelsea crashes to 4th league defeat

(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON (AP) Chelsea's troubled season took another turn for the worse on Saturday when Southampton inflicted a fourth loss in eight games of Jose Mourinho's Premier League title defense.

Southampton seized on defensive frailties to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, leaving Chelsea 10 points behind fledgling leader Manchester City and only four points above the relegation zone.

The result made Mourinho himself raise the prospect of Chelsea firing him - just as owner Roman Abramovich did in 2007 after three years of the Portuguese in charge. However, he said he would not walk away from the challenge of turning things around.