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Fulham Broadway

The Mourinho Thread

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Real countered and set a record for goals scored.

If Real scored most of those goals by countering, it must be because teams were over-committing to attack Real. why would anyone other than Barcelona do that? ... certainly BPL teams wouldn't.

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If Real scored most of those goals by countering, it must be because teams were over-committing to attack Real. why would anyone other than Barcelona do that? ... certainly BPL teams wouldn't.

La Liga team's play proactive football so they played right in to Jose's hands. But remember what happened the season after that? Teams started to defend deeper and Madrid struggled to break them down. If the opposition scored first they were screwed.

They threw away the league to an average Barcelona side because they were too one dimensional.

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I really am confused.

One day I absolutely LOVE Jose and the other day i just hate him.

He has done great things for us and I will always be thankful for that.

Problem is, with the team we have we shouldn't be so dreadful against a slightly better opposition than the likes of Tottenham. It's always the same, play for a 1-0, park the bus, you name it.

One day one of the big clubs (real , bayern , barca) will be knocking on the door and players like Hazard will bite their hands off because they dont enjoy this kind of style we are playing and i can totally understand that.

Jose, for the sake of the club, players and fans, please EVOLVE.

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credit where its due. RM have done that and they have done it very well. you have to take into account selling their best player of last season (ADM) to buy james. if they had not sold ADM, they would not have been in this current mess. similarly we sold the likes of KDB, to get the players we wanted, why should that be neglected? why should the sale of luiz be neglected who would have been far better for this current system than GC!!! net spend is the correct way to look at things. bvb have a greater net spend than us, and city have a triple net spend than us for the same area despite the fact that pelegrini acquired a squad which was already winning titles compared to ours which was a mess.

Yes you make a great point but something about it doesn't sit right.

It seems weird that we should compare such budgets with that of a lowly Dortmund,even if your talking about net spend. Because we spend a lot of money on young talent.

Like I said you have a good point but something just doesn't sit right....

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Nailed on. It all starts from defenders.

I'd rant here long but I see a couple quality posts. While it shit that we didn't take advantage of the situation and hugely favourable referee, we simply were set up not to lose. Players don't know what to do when they have a result and are at upper hand. Counter-attack, positional attack it's non-existing. Chaotic press, players don't know who to pick to press. And I don't see contrasts with this display to many, many others this season and season before. I wrote after final vs Spurs, that we're stepping on a very thin line between the defeat and glory. We relies hugely on luck, rebound, set piece. And you know what ? We had that luck yesterday, we scored 2 goals out of thin air, didn't deserve them a one bit but we weren't as lucky at the other end of the pitch like we often are. Let's be honest, we would lose against Man City (away), West Ham, both legs vs Liverpool especially at home, Spurs if we didn't have that luck. But we did. Of course people want to play blind game and somehow they don't see things when we win, they tell to shut up when you have something to say. For me it wouldn't change a one bit if we progress or not, the performance is the same and I think we would need 2012 coincidence to even dream of reaching the final. I was very relaxed yesterday, even after Thiago Silva goal, first time in my life I don't have that regression after going out of this competition. We aren't ready for Europe, far from it.

I'd tell bad words towards Mourinho but I repeat my words after Spurs game (which we won, but it was very similar to this game, which we lose) - it still isn't Mourinho team. Over half of this squad wasn't bought by him in his second spell. He can play beautiful with proper counter-attacking football, with efficient pressing, with intensity. Everything we're lacking I saw that his teams can have .Let him pick his players in the summer. Let him do "Inter 2009" all over again. Remember that ? He went out of the Champions League in the last 16 to Man Utd, he then sat down with Moriatti and had a deep conversation what this team lacks at the moment, then he bought in the summer Lucio, Thiago Motta, Sneijder, Milito and Eto'o. 5 players who were crucial to winning the treble. Let him do that again. Wrap up this title in this season, finish this campaign on a high and give him resources in the summer. After all, don't know if you remember, he wanted to sign Tiago and Sneijder last summer so it's surely indicates that he isn't blind but see that we're lacking things, starting in defence. I am sure he will do the right things, who if not him ?

I completely agree with the first paragragh but I'm not so sure about the second. How many of the first 11 players does Jose not really consider one of 'his' players? I'd argue very few (if any) even if he didn't buy them all. Last year he kept talking about how it was all about 'next year' and that we would have a phenomenal team. Well here we are 'next year' and we've actually regressed significantly in the big games/CL.

I've been moaning about the issues you mention (disorganised pressing, huge gaps, poor transitions, relying on luck) for a while because it was obvious it would prove costly in the CL. I think a lot of fans want us to dominate possession and constantly be on the front foot in the big games. Personally I was never expecting that because that's not Jose's style. I would be more than happy if we just showed some intensity off the ball and if we showed that we were defensively solid. The way we just allow the opposition to move into dangerous positions, the willingness to allow crosses in (even if it's causing mayhem at the back) and the number of times we allow big gaps to develop is what I consider most disappointing. Cech/Courtois have been our MOTM far too often. The part of Jose's game which is supposed to be his strongest (organising defensive systems) has been letting him down and we've seen the same amateruish mistakes repeated all season.

The bottom line is that our attacking play in the big games has been almost non-existent this season but we've still somehow taken the lead in pretty much all of them. If we knew how to defend a lead properly (defensively solid, play on the counter as the opposition becomes more desperate) then the performances would not look anywhere near as bad come the end of the game. Being unable to attack well is poor, being unable to defend well is poor, being unable to do either is horrific.

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La Liga team's play proactive football so they played right in to Jose's hands. But remember what happened the season after that? Teams started to defend deeper and Madrid struggled to break them down. If the opposition scored first they were screwed.

They threw away the league to an average Bar a side because they were too one dimensional.

That's why 'counter-attacking' shouldn't be considered as a 'tactic' for it is too dependent on the rival. Its more of a quality a team has to take advantage of a certain situation ... like any other quality such as defending, pressing, possession recycling etc.

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The players have to take the lions share of responsibility.

People want perfection and football doesn't work like that. We've lost three matches all season, it happens to even the best managers. Let's not lose perspective.

Its not the fact that we lost, its how we lost. We lost playing the way many of his detractors criticize him for... We lost to 10 men at home.

I am one of Jose's biggest supporters, I love the man! But last night was indefensible, he got it wrong yesterday and today he is being ridiculed for it.

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Its not the fact that we lost, its how we lost. We lost playing the way many of his detractors criticize him for... We lost to 10 men at home.

I am one of Jose's biggest supporters, I love the man! But last night was indefensible, he got it wrong yesterday and today he is being ridiculed for it.

Did what wrong?! He played the best team he could. We started off well but the team fell apart. There's only so much you can do in the dugout.
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Did what wrong?! He played the best team he could. We started off well but the team fell apart. There's only so much you can do in the dugout.

Tactics. Wrong tactics in given the particulars of the game.

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Nailed on. It all starts from defenders.

I'd rant here long but I see a couple quality posts. While it shit that we didn't take advantage of the situation and hugely favourable referee, we simply were set up not to lose. Players don't know what to do when they have a result and are at upper hand. Counter-attack, positional attack it's non-existing. Chaotic press, players don't know who to pick to press. And I don't see contrasts with this display to many, many others this season and season before. I wrote after final vs Spurs, that we're stepping on a very thin line between the defeat and glory. We relies hugely on luck, rebound, set piece. And you know what ? We had that luck yesterday, we scored 2 goals out of thin air, didn't deserve them a one bit but we weren't as lucky at the other end of the pitch like we often are. Let's be honest, we would lose against Man City (away), West Ham, both legs vs Liverpool especially at home, Spurs if we didn't have that luck. But we did. Of course people want to play blind game and somehow they don't see things when we win, they tell to shut up when you have something to say. For me it wouldn't change a one bit if we progress or not, the performance is the same and I think we would need 2012 coincidence to even dream of reaching the final. I was very relaxed yesterday, even after Thiago Silva goal, first time in my life I don't have that regression after going out of this competition. We aren't ready for Europe, far from it.

I'd tell bad words towards Mourinho but I repeat my words after Spurs game (which we won, but it was very similar to this game, which we lose) - it still isn't Mourinho team. Over half of this squad wasn't bought by him in his second spell. He can play beautiful with proper counter-attacking football, with efficient pressing, with intensity. Everything we're lacking I saw that his teams can have .Let him pick his players in the summer. Let him do "Inter 2009" all over again. Remember that ? He went out of the Champions League in the last 16 to Man Utd, he then sat down with Moriatti and had a deep conversation what this team lacks at the moment, then he bought in the summer Lucio, Thiago Motta, Sneijder, Milito and Eto'o. 5 players who were crucial to winning the treble. Let him do that again. Wrap up this title in this season, finish this campaign on a high and give him resources in the summer. After all, don't know if you remember, he wanted to sign Tiago and Sneijder last summer so it's surely indicates that he isn't blind but see that we're lacking things, starting in defence. I am sure he will do the right things, who if not him ?

Spot on. I too get this feeling that this isn't his team yet.

He is used to having physical players in the middle. This is the first time he has

Fabregas

Oscar

Willian

Hazard

Ramires

Even Azpilicueta

All these players in the starting line-up can't win aerial duels or physically dominate people like ballack essien and lampard used to.

Mourinho can't physically be dominant again, so if any team puts us under pressure and our passes are not going, we can't make powerful drives like essien and ballack used to do, we can't even score a goal from a cross and header from openplay. We are not direct, we hate taking shots unless we're infront of the keeper, We can't defend and prevent teams from getting chances again.

So this type of team have not been used by Mourinho before, he must be worried.

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Wanted to enter this discussion whole morning just to come home and find my apartment robbed, which put things into a bit of perspective. Perspective - that's all we need in those situations :) Peace all and let's win the PL and then we'll see.

Thats more important, hope you had insurance !

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After Ferguson retired, winning Premier League is not about being the best it's about being the least bad of the bunch.

City was that team last year, and Pellegrini capitalised .

Now it's Mourinho's turn.

Top five English clubs are in such a bad shape, it's unbelievable. Mou can dominate for the years to come if City enters in our post 2010 transition, as it seems.

Nevermind, kudous to David Luiz for telling that Mourinho is not special, and proving it on the pitch afterwards.

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Spot on. I too get this feeling that this isn't his team yet.

He is used to having physical players in the middle. This is the first time he has

Fabregas

Oscar

Willian

Hazard

Ramires

Even Azpilicueta

All these players in the starting line-up can't win aerial duels or physically dominate people like ballack essien and lampard used to.

Mourinho can't physically be dominant again, so if any team puts us under pressure and our passes are not going, we can't make powerful drives like essien and ballack used to do, we can't even score a goal from a cross and header from openplay. We are not direct, we hate taking shots unless we're infront of the keeper, We can't defend and prevent teams from getting chances again.

So this type of team have not been used by Mourinho before, he must be worried.

The problem with all this is loads of investment has been made to get the team to play a certain way. Jose said so himself 'the profile of the team has changed.' The long and short of it is this, Jose has to work on getting the balance right. There are times when sitting back and playing compact will be very useful it just can't be our default set up with the squad we have.

This is the team the owner wants. He, above all else wants to win! However, a close second is how we win. For the most part this season we've been playing fantastic football, lately we've been scuffling results and not utilizing our strengths.

Maybe this style is a little foreign to Jose, he's being asked to tweak what he feels is tried, tested and true. The bottom line is we can't rely on one set of tactics to get us results, profile of the club is very different.

If Jose is going to teach defensive principals to attack minded players then he must also learn how to implement an attack that plays to their strength. It's about balance and lately we've been a little too one sided. Truth.

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I'm a long time admirer of Jose and this won't change after a couple of games, but he has to change something in his approach. Do the double this season, get his pressure of his shoulders a bit and then change the shape of the team. Sell the deadwood, make a smart buying campaing, play a high line from next season and be proactive.

Football evolves and he has to do it also. You can't always win by speculating your opponent's limits. He is a great manager at reading others flaws and he can make it into a truly legend if he can implement an attacking approach to this team.

Lately the atmosphere was tense at the club and last night it was all about fighting at trying to go through "at all costs". Diego Costa's job is to score goals, not to harras others and be a completely jerk. It is his nature, I know, but he would not be like that all the time if he would not be instructed to do so. Football is not war, it's about giving your players the pleasure of playing this game. This is why Barcelona looked so good under Guardiola. And now Bayern looks the same. They are told to go out there and ejoy their football. Something Chelsea has missed lately I'm afraid.

Wanted to enter this discussion whole morning just to come home and find my apartment robbed, which put things into a bit of perspective. Perspective - that's all we need in those situations :) Peace all and let's win the PL and then we'll see.

Sorry to hear that. Hope they didn't steal anything important.

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We played PSG, they played Shakhtar.

I agree for 50%

They show some balls and play with confidence at their home ground... we play like a 4th division team against a EPL top of the league team in the FA-cup Quarter Finals!!

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