Chelsea's sickly start to the season continued today. While the City defeat was hardly earth-shattering, today they were stunned at home by high-flying Crystal Palace, in only Jose Mourinho's second home defeat in the Premier League.
Sport is rich terrain for curses of various sorts. Mayo have their own issues with curses. Ireland used to collapse whenever the game was broadcast on TV3 and before that whenever Jimmy Magee was in the gantry.
Well, it looks like Jose Mourinho, the ultimate, gunslinging, modern super manager has a curse of his own to contend with. Namely, the Connor Wickham curse.
Wickham was a Sunderland player during Mourinho's only previous home loss, to said team in the 2013-14 run-in. Today, in his new role as a Crystal Palace player, he was on the pitch for his second home loss.
We're not sure if Mourinho is a superstitious man. Even if he isn't it, it's clear that the only thing for it is for Jose Mourinho to immediately buy Connor Wickham and then sit him on the bench for the rest of his career.
Meanwhile, Palace, a club with a knack of picking very good mangers as long as they aren't called Atillio Lombardo, are now sitting second in the League. It's all very reminiscent of the glory days of 1990-91 when the club finished fourth in the old First Division.