Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux believes that Jose Mourinho’s cautious approach is preventing the Blues’ big stars from being as good as they can be.
The west Londoners have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season, qualifying with ease from their Champions League group while cementing themselves as the Premier League’s team to beat with a tally of 39 points from 16 games.
Although major title rivals Manchester City boast the division’s top scorer in Sergio Aguero, Chelsea are the side to have found the back of the net on the most occasions (36) with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas having all combined to devastating effect.
But Le Saux thinks his old side could achieve even more if Mourinho casts off the shackles to let some of his more creative players do what they do best for a full 90 minutes:
“They’ve certainly got a huge amount of creativity and, if you look at the freedom the creative players have – whether it’s Hazard, Willian, Costa is a fantastic player as well and there are countless others you can name – they are a hugely entertaining team to watch,” he told Goal.
“I watch a lot of football because I work for NBC and, being objective, I enjoy watching Chelsea play because they offer a huge amount of flair.
“If there’s any criticism of the team and the way they perform, it’s that point in a game where Jose decides he’s going to close the game up and they’re very good at doing that as well.
“As someone watching it, you think ‘you’re 2-0 up, go on and get another couple’ but he’s very good at closing a game up as well.”