Injuries to key players, frustration in the transfer market, and now a surprise 3-2 home loss on the opening weekend of the season to Burnley, a team that was expected to be among the candidates for relegation.
Antonio Conte was facing a full-blown crisis on Saturday night after his Chelsea side were embarrassed by Burnley's shock 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Becoming the first ever title-wining side to concede three goals in the first game of their following season, Chelsea were rocked by a red card given to captain Gary Cahill inside just 15 minutes of the game.
Goal from Sam Vokes in the 24th minute of the match gave burnley the lead.
"But today I saw two faces of the team - one positive in the second half and one negative in the first half".
Chelsea begin the new season with a surprise defeat. "I am ready to fight with these players". Ironically, given his standout display, Morata may have ruined a goal between the two that did stand when given offside after touching an Andreas Christensen shot that could have been going in anyway.
But just when it looked like Chelsea were back in the game, they had another man sent off for, this time Cesc Fabregas was sent off for a second bookable offence.
To the disgust of Conte, Burnley grabbed a third just before half time following a brilliant cross from deep by Defour as Vokes rose highest to head in.
Conte believes that he might need to train his players with one or two men fewer after the spate of red cards they have received in recent games but he didn't want to talk about the referee's performance. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).
"We have to pay attention because you can see that in the last three official games, we finished twice with 10 men against Arsenal and today with nine men", he said.
Chelsea must now take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday without Cahill and Fabregas as well as Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko, who remain several weeks away from full fitness.
Vokes made it 3-0 at the break, and Conte was fuming.
Wayne Rooney marked his top-flight return to Everton after 13 years by scoring the victor against Stoke and his 199th goal in the Premier League.