Chelsea and Jose Mourinho will finish the season without silverware

Mourinho has failed to win anything during his first campaign back at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Jose Mourinho will finish the season without silverware

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Andy

May 4th, 2014

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Jose Mourinho might claim that the Chelsea team is a work in progress although Sunday’s goalless draw against Norwich means that the Portuguese has failed to win the Premier League title, the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup in his first season back at the club.

It won’t sit well with Roman Abramovich who likes his club to win silverware on a regular basis, while Mourinho has not brought an entertaining brand of football to Chelsea who took the strange decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to leave for Everton on loan.

The 0-0 scoreline against the Canaries means that Chelsea remain in third place and a point behind Liverpool and Manchester City having played a game more.

Mourinho clearly didn’t like the boot being on the other foot on Sunday and claimed to be puzzled by Norwich’s tactics.

“We had one team that needed three points to have a chance to survive, and they didn’t play to win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“We were waiting for a kind of crazy game, especially in the second half, where they would gamble everything to try for a last chance to survive, but they didn’t. Even worse – they defended much more but that’s their problem. We have not a right to criticise.

“You had a team that needs one point to finish third, and in the Champions League group phase, and that team played like the one needing three points so it was a bit of a contradiction.

“(Their gameplan) surprised me but anyone plays like they want. It’s not my responsibility, it is their responsibility.

“We were waiting for a kind of crazy game, especially in the second half, where they would gamble everything to try for a last chance to survive, but they didn’t. Even worse – they defended much more but that’s their problem. We have not a right to criticise.

“I think we lost 45 minutes because in the first half we were very slow. Like the weather, players were playing very slow with no intensity.

“In the second half the intensity was completely different, the dynamic too. The players they wanted it much, much more and we tried everything.

“We know we have no chances to be champions and we know we need one point to finish in the group phase of the Champions League, which obviously is not a cup for us but affects the next season. It affects pre-season and it was important for us to finish third.”

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