BURNING BRIDGES: 3 REASONS FOR JOSÉ MOURINHO’S CRITICISM OF CHELSEA

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The season is now at its climax stage and the need to win games is crucial. Games are gradually turning into feisty battles as clubs looks to secure favourable league positions in an era when the pressure to deliver results is intense. This tsunami-like situation is forcing managers into adopting systems that can create the idea template for team successes. Let’s except a lot of banters & outcries, highs & lows, boom & doom that will result in either success or failure stories.

But for Chelsea and Manchester United, it’s a question of two clubs undergoing rebuilding processes with two of the world’s best managers in charge: Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, respectively. That of Chelsea was a consequence of Jose’s well-documented fallibility to implode in his third season at a club, often referred to as his third season syndrome. However, after being installed as Manchester United manager, the majority of his verbal attack has been directed towards Chelsea. Could this be a feeling of hate probably for being sacked by the club or fear of failure at his new club?

Here are 3 possible reasons for his hypocritical verbal attacks towards Chelsea:

 

CONTE’S CHELSEA PROGRESS AT BETTER PACE THAN JOSÉ’S UNITED:

The truth is Chelsea is the most improved club in the league this season and rightly deserve to be at the top of the league at the moment. During the summer, no one gave us a chance and the predictions were that the league crown would end up either in the red or blue half of Manchester. Both teams have flattered to deceive and with little impact made not as many hoped for, whereas Chelsea have appeared as frontrunners for the title with eye-catching displays that are hallmarks of Champions.

José’s United reinforced by the summer signings of Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked formidable and started brightly, but faded away towards mid-season. They were and are still far from being José’s ideal team as series of pedestrian displays have them caught up in the web of mediocrity, often reliant on star striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s magic touch. Meanwhile, Conte’s Chelsea had to stoop to conquer after chastening defeats to rivals, Liverpool and Arsenal, which heralded the tactical change to the more dynamic 3-4-3 formation that has served us so well. José’s sneer is about proving a point that Chelsea can’t do without him and clamouring for attention and praise adornment.

The Portuguese tactician said: “They defend very well and with lots of players and I think in this situation a very defensive team wins the title with counter-attack goals and set pieces goals so I don’t think they will let it slip but football is football.”

His assertion of Chelsea being a defensive team that relies on devastating counterattack is derisory. On the flip-side, it’s a compliment in the sense that we have been potent enough to outscore his team so far this season on goals scored. If being defensive should be understood from this perspective, then Jose’s managerial forte should be questioned.

But to ruffle his feathers, the stark reality is that what he failed to do with this Chelsea team last season, Conte has done, and even so brilliantly beyond expectations. How and what he would want his United team to be, Chelsea are already.

 

THE BRIDGE GATE:

There’s nothing as painful as being dumped by your bride prior to your wedding day before kith and kin, not only that but being humiliated publicly for your shortcomings. This was the same feeling Jose had when he encountered the Bridge Gate earlier this season. In his first meeting with Chelsea after his second spell at the club, his United team was drubbed 4-0 by a rampant Chelsea side. His demeanor was that of a man feeling bashed and outwitted by his proclaimed ‘betrayers’. More so, majority of the fans that in time past adored him raised their voices to publicly deride him by saying: ‘You’re no longer special’. Jose might just be feeling dead and gone, with his bridges with the Chelsea fans completely burnt up. His love affinity with them has turned sour. Loyalty, however, is a two-way lane and it’s being strenuously tested by Mourinho’s penchant for confrontations that could be deadly.

 

A COLLECTION FROM HIS MIND GAMES RECORDS:

Mind games are manipulative and psychological barbs thrown by managers to unsettle their rivals. Jose is a familiar user and foe in this regard. Sir Alex was a master of this dark art when actively in the game. His victims being Kevin Keegan and Rafael Benitez, who suffered the effects of this con scheme.

Jose looks to have been enthroned as Fergie’s successor in this regard. From his touchline antics to his barbs aimed at opposing teams, the Football Association and referees; he has the look of a serial killer. His plan of unsettling Chelsea few months to the end of the season in a bid to derail and kill our title dream should not be treated with kid’s glove, but ignored. Our talking should be done on the pitch much to his disdain. We should make him eat his words as we surge to a second league title in three years. Arrogance is often biting, as the killer blow is what is needed to tame his loquacity.

 

We rest our case as we dutifully keep our dream alive. Cheers!

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OBICHI NWOSU
Nwosu Obichi is an ardent sports lover, analyst and writer with enjoyed numerous views on RSTV SPORTS SHOW and several other platforms. He's a passionate fan of Chelsea Football Club. He's also a human-capita developer, Professional (motivational) Speaker and Author.