Jose Mourinho

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are just products of their environment 0

On Wednesday night, Chelsea tumbled out of the Champions League in less than glorious circumstances. In the days following, Jose Mourinho has been questioned less for his tactical approach and more for the exploitative, advantage-seeking behaviour that he and his players are accused of using. ‘Dark arts’…that’s a phrase that’s being used a lot and,(…)

Jose Mourinho and his hold over the footballing public 0

Jose Mourinho is one of the most thorough tacticians the game has ever seen.  Beyond all the bluster and the press-conference baiting, he is a remarkably astute manager whose record in the game illustrates not only his footballing acumen, but also his hold over the players he manages. There’s no disputing any of that. The(…)

Time for Chelsea to move on from Gary Cahill 1

Before launching into what will almost certainly read like a hindsight-assisted hatchet-job, it’s worth noting that Gary Cahill has become a far better centre-half than he was expected to be. Go back to his days at Aston Villa - or even his first eighteen months at Bolton - and you would have assumed that the(…)

Diego Costa is the villain who we need Chelsea to have 4

Diego Costa had a busy night at Stamford Bridge.  In addition to stamping maliciously on Emre Can in the first-half on Martin Skrtel in the second, the Spaniard also found time to help Chelsea through the league cup semi-final against Liverpool and on to Wembley. Such is the nature of English football nowadays, that it(…)

Jose Mourinho, BT Sport, and shameless goading 1

There was a really unpalatable moment at the end of Tottenham’s win over Chelsea last night.  Jose Mourinho was conducting his post-game interview and, rather than quizzing the Portuguese on the mechanics of the game, Ray Stubbs tried desperately hard to create a controversy. Mourinho is famously volatile and never needs any encouragement to explain(…)

Chelsea’s Filipe Luis: Stat comparison with Branislav Ivanovic & Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s Filipe Luis: Stat comparison with Branislav Ivanovic & Cesar Azpilicueta 0

Chelsea have today confirmed the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, and the left-back has signed a three-year deal with the club. The expectation is that he will immediately become part of Jose Mourinho’s first-eleven, and will start on the left-hand side with Cesar Azpilicueta reverting to his more natural right-back role. Here, courtesy(…)

Another reason for Chelsea to dump at least one of their English trio 0

Another one of these, then. The Mail are reporting this morning that Louis Van Gaal intends to make Thomas Muller his first big signing at Manchester United. Additionally, it’s suggested that Van Gaal is the only manager who the German would happily leave the Allianz Arena to play for. The worst thing that happened this(…)

Jose Mourinho is starting fires with Eden Hazard criticism 0

Another one of these, then. The Mail are reporting this morning that Louis Van Gaal intends to make Thomas Muller his first big signing at Manchester United. Additionally, it’s suggested that Van Gaal is the only manager who the German would happily leave the Allianz Arena to play for. The worst thing that happened this(…)

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