Friday, September 20, 2013

All's Not Well At The Bridge

After two back-to-back shock defeats, things aren't going so well for Jose Mourinho's second stint at Chelsea. And it appears as though the Special One is singling out Chelsea's style of play as the prime factor in the club's recent dip in form.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Mourinho said: "I feel we are going in one direction, which is the direction we want to be to play a certain kind of football, but the reality is we are not scoring goals."

"You can't say we don't score goals because we're not an offensive team and don't play offensive football and don't have ball possession, because we have an attacking mentality. Probably, if we play a defensive game and we just go on the counter-attack, probably we go there and score two or three goals."

It certainly seems odd that Mourinho is questioning Chelsea's style of play. In fact, it almost seems as though he's suggesting that he isn't the one calling the shots.

Some have suggested that Chelsea manager's comments are indirectly aimed at Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, who has long insisted that the club employ free-flowing attacking football.

Ironically, it has been long suggested that this clash in ideas (Mourinho prefers the defensive approach) led to the Special One's exit from Stamford Bridge in 2007.

Since then, Chelsea have had seven managers which include the likes of Luiz Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez. And none of them have been able to fulfill Abramovich's dream to get Chelsea to play like Barcelona or, closer to home, Arsenal.

The fact that the Russian billionaire brought Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge was no big surprise. Among all the managers he's employed (and that's a lot!), Mourinho has been the one who's brought the club the most success and when the Special One returned to Chelsea in summer, it appeared as though Abramovich was willing to sacrifice attacking football for trophies.

I guess we'll soon see what his priorities are.

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