Saturday 17 February 2018

'Happy One' reverts to type with cutting jibes and anti-football

Jose Mourinho claimed to have adopted a more attacking style
Jose Mourinho claimed to have adopted a more attacking style

Colm Parkinson

At Jose Mourinho's first press conference on his return to Stamford Bridge he promised us he was the happy one. That didn't last long.

A few months later he was calling Arsene Wenger a specialist in failure in response to some pretty innocuous comments.

This season he promised us attacking football. Encouraged by excellent summer signings of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Mourinho said in August: "We have different qualities now in our players.

"Are we going to lose matches? Obviously, yes, but in this moment we are getting results and we are enjoying our style of play. We are showing a different style of play and we have the players. It is good to have a certain identity."

Well that 'identity' was short-lived too. Mourniho's philosophy on football is a million miles from an attacking one. Seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, they had just 29pc possession at home against Manchester United on Saturday.

Chelsea fans will say they won the game and that's all that matters. The excitement of winning their first Premier League title since 2010 will trump any style of play but will they eventually want to win in style at home?

Owner Roman Abromavich will be delighted too but how long will his last? Mourinho was sacked in 2007 despite winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two Carling Cups in three years.


When Mourinho wants a draw he usually gets one.

Sometimes the draw develops into a win because of the expensively assembled quality in his team and their ability to counter-attack.

Tactically his main strength is spoiling the opposition and nullifying their attacking threats.

If the great Ajax team of the '70s played 'total football', Mourinho's style must be described as 'anti-football'.

Irish Independent

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