As Jose Mourinho prepares to lead his Chelsea team against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, he takes the time to explain his tactics while highlighting the importance of playing a specific way to get a specific result, Mirror reports.
The Portuguese boss has blasted his critics, slamming them “stupid football philosophers”, and claims that his style of football works in the best interest of the situation which exploits the weakness of his opponents.
After Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers accused Mourinho of “parking two buses” against his attacking outfit.
However, the Liverpool boss later cleared the air with the Chelsea mastermind congratulating him on the victory.
‘The Special One’ said: “You know, at this moment, football is full of philosophers – people who understand much more than me, people with fantastic theories and philosophies.
“It’s amazing. But the reality is always the reality: A team that doesn’t defend well or doesn’t score lots of goals, if they concede lots of goals, is completely in trouble. A team without balance is not a team.
“When they have the ball, we have to try and stop them scoring. When we have the ball, we want to try and score. This is football – the football that I know.
“I remember saying in my first period here, if you have a goalkeeper like Petr Cech who puts the ball in the opponents’ box, and a striker like Didier Drogba who wins everything in the air, why play short? Because you are stupid?
“If your opponents are very fast on the counter and want space behind your defensive line, if you give them that space you are stupid.
“It seems that 10, 20, 30 years ago, when a team plays strategically, thinking about their team and the qualities of the opponent, it was ‘good, intelligent’ football. But now, at this moment, depending on the coach and the club obviously, the critics speak.”