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Will this signing mean a more expansive Chelsea next season?

Date: 10th June 2014 at 6:39pm
Written by Christy Malyan

The debate over Chelsea's playing style - or rather, lack of - under Jose Mourinho has been one of the talking points of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign. It appears those four years taking in the Iberian flair at the Bernabeu have had little impact on the Special One's philosophical views. Within months of taking the Stamford Bridge helm, he sold the first team's most expansive and defensively ill-disciplined playmaker, Juan Mata, to Manchester United and replaced him with a 6 foot 5 midfield monolith in Nemanja Matic. Indeed, at some points of the season, Chelsea's lust for ugly football encroached upon bizarre. Against Atletico Madrid at home in the Champions League, the Blues' starting XI contained no less than six defenders. Against Liverpool the weekend previous, they recorded just 27% possession despite walking away from Anfield with a 2-0 win. These were hardly the only bus-parking displays we witnessed from the west Londoners throughout the campaign. Thus, in contrast to the current Chelsea chord, which ... Read More


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