Mourinho’s insistence on counter-attacking makes Chelsea too predictable

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Is he now ‘The Limited One’ at Chelsea?

Date: 8th June 2014 at 9:03pm
Written by Cal Byrne

Jose Mourinho is often painted as a pragmatist; a man with only one goal – to win – and a man that is willing to whatever necessary in order to achieve it. However, it increasingly seems like Mourinho only wants to win one way: his way. The manager has become so closely married to his counter-attacking '4-2-3-1' that it’s difficult to see him as a pragmatist anymore. The reasons for Mourinho’s use of this system are clearly pragmatic. Following the Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland – the now clearly defined Rubicon in Chelsea’s season - the manager claimed: “If I want to win 1-0, I think I can, as I think it's one of the easiest things in football.” Up to this point, Mourinho had been attempting to play a more expansive game in order to satisfy owner Roman Abramovich. Post-Sunderland defeat, the Chelsea manager reverted to his favoured counter-attacking system. The problem for ... Read More

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