With Chelsea 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, many consider the title race for this season to be truly done and dusted.
The Blues’ win over Manchester United ended all but ended the already slim chances of Chelsea being knocked off their perch, but their win wasn’t the easiest – Eden Hazard’s goal just being enough to take the three points.
Chelsea haven’t necessarily played the prettiest football at times this season, with Jose Mourinho’s managing style epitomising the phrase ‘park the bus’. This has shown in the season as a whole as most would say that Chelsea were better at the start of the season. But, at the business end of the season, Chelsea are where they want to be. Mourinho has done the job he was hired for.
An article published on the GiveMeSport website earlier today, however, said that Chelsea didn’t deserve to win the title due to the way they play.
Granted, whatever team the 52-year old Mourinho managed, the football played was never overly scintillating, it did the job. The Portuguese man is, statistically, the most successful football manager in history.
He has one policy, so it seems. It doesn’t matter how you win, as long as you win.
It seems to have worked too… he has won 28 trophies in his managerial career, which include:
The Champions League (x3), the Premier League (x2), La Liga (x3), Serie A (x2), the UEFA Cup and a host of other domestic trophies.
But, this report says that Chelsea’s methods mean that they don’t deserve to win the title, or, if they are to deserve it, they should play better:
“Mourinho has consistently been at teams with the resources and squads to play attractive, expansive football. Not every Championship winning team needs to play like Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side of a few years ago, or Arsenal’s Invincibles, but when you have the sort of resources like Mourinho has had at Real Madrid and Chelsea, surely it’s a must to not only win, but win well?”
The article then went on to criticise Mourinho’s gameplay – at least it acknowledges the fact that Mourinho has an outstanding record against big teams:
“Chelsea’s squad could easily have matched Manchester United at the weekend, and tried to dominate what is by all accounts a team still in transition. But instead, they played with two defensive midfielders (one centre-back in Kurt Zouma) and deliberately destroyed the spectacle which the game could have been.
“This is a hallmark of Mourinho in big games, and while it can’t be said that it doesn’t work (his record against big teams truly is astonishing), I think it’s a shame that the champions of England this year, despite having the most gifted team, have decided to go down that route.”
The article then went on to state that Chelsea’s choices of tactics were poor ones – despite the fact Chelsea have lost two all season. A team may win ugly, but people don’t remember tactics. They remember winners.
“It’s one thing to shut up shop against a far superior opponent, but it’s something completely different to play this way against a team who, by most accounts, would be considered vastly inferior. It shows a fearfulness which one would not expect from a manager who has won almost everything and is widely considered to be a genius.
“What’s more, I am astonished that Chelsea fans are so supportive of this negative style. How could a team, and their supporters, who consider themselves an entrenched part of Europe’s footballing elite, not even question this style? 30% possession at home against a team with such obvious defensive frailties is truly pathetic, and an insult to managers and teams everywhere trying to play and win games, without sacrificing the spirit of the game.”
But maybe there is a reason for Mourinho’s tactics. 2013-14 season, Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool. In the 77th minute, Liverpool were 3-0 up against a Palace side who had nothing to play for. They played pretty (or, carried on driving the us, to coin a new expression), and they drew 3-3. It was the game that lost the Reds the title.
But apparently, this careful defence of hard-earned victories is a bad idea:
“Chelsea will win the Premier League this year, but them winning it in this style truly is a loss for the footballing world, and it’s a dangerous slope Mourinho is taking us down. Winning so badly, with the resources he has at his disposal, will simply encourage this negativity across world football.”
Who would of thought it? Journalists saying something that isn’t true…