Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand suggests that Jose Mouinho’s methods may be the source of Chelsea’s woes so far this season, as well as the team changing so often.
Ferdinand, who won six Premiership titles at Old Trafford, was speaking at a Breath Sport event and was quoted as saying that Mourinho’s way of managing may not be working as well as it did between 2004 and 2006. He also claimed that neither Chelsea or table topping Manchester City deserve to be considered great sides as neither appear capable of retaining the Premiership title.
“The difference between good teams and great teams is being able to replicate a season.
“Man City haven’t done it, and this Chelsea team don’t like doing it. It’s a hard thing to do.
“This shows you and tells you whether these are great teams. Can you call the Man City team that won two titles in four years a great team? I don’t think so.
“I don’t think a team in the league is good enough for one of the teams to go on a run winning 15 or 20 games.
“Back in the day Chelsea would have gone on a 20-, 25-game run, City did it when they were winning the league, United were always capable of doing it, but I don’t see any of those teams doing it this year.”
“Mourinho is quite an intense manager. Last year he was intense, they were getting things right, and they won the league.
“The first time around with Mourinho they won back-to-back titles, but it’s a hard thing to do, not just mentally but physically as well.
“You’ve got to be lucky with injuries in terms of your important players staying fit – Kompany can’t stay fit, Aguero, David Silva.
“At Chelsea they’ve had a lot of personnel changes as well which isn’t normal for Mourinho.”