Jose Mourinho might be able to grind out 1-0 wins by curbing his team’s attacking play and focusing more on defensive solidarity, but the move could ultimately backfire as Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich is not a big fan of the boring brand of football Mourinho wishes to employ to get the team’s season back on track. The Russian billionaire poured millions of pounds into the London club to create a squad capable of challenging the big guns of Europe while being able to score plenty of goals and play attractive football, but he might now have to settle for a subdued offense that looks for opportunities to score rather than creates them.
Chelsea enjoyed less than 40 percent of the possession against Arsenal in their last match but had more shots on target and looked good on the break. They ultimately failed to penetrate Arsenal’s defense, but they did not concede themselves and succeeded in suppressing Mesut Ozil’s influence. They would be facing an opponent similar to the Gunners in their next match against Swansea. Michael Ladrup’s team plays the possession-based football that Arsenal employs, and the Blues’ fans could be in for another night of grinding play from their team.
Whether or not Mourinho’s new tactics succeed would depend upon Chelsea’s ability to score the crucial goal that would bring in all three points. But given their difficulties in doing this, it would not be a big surprise if the club is involved significantly in the upcoming transfer window. Abramovich is a man thin on patience, but Mourinho might be persisted with if he succeeds in bringing in trophies. But for how long the goal-drought would be tolerated by the Russian is a question for the man himself to ponder about.
Mourinho’s obsession with defense would only make Chelsea’s Premier League matches a dud to watch – something that the League has not been so far this season.