Jose Mourinho blasts the poor Chelsea atmosphere at Stamford Bridge
Mourinho asks the fans for more support after Chelsea beat QPR 2-1 on Saturday
November 3rd, 2014
Chelsea are six points clear of Manchester City after ten rounds of matches played, although Jose Mourinho claimed he did not enjoy Saturday’s 2-1 London derby win against QPR.
Rangers came close to landing a point against the league leaders and Mourinho was far from happy with the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, claiming that it is worsening and that the players need the fans to bring more noise to the party.
“I think it’s getting worse,” said the Chelsea manager. “When comparing to my previous time at the club, I think it’s getting worse. I don’t question the passion and the love. I’m nobody to question that, and I know clearly that’s not true. Chelsea fans show us their passion for this club every day, but there is a certain ‘line of living’ [way of behaving] at matches at Stamford Bridge. I can clearly say we are the team to get less support in home matches.”
“The manager’s criticisms were slightly ill-advised because the fans pay good money to watch highly-paid footballers,” said Tim Rolls of the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust. “But the reality is, while I’d rather the ground was a bearpit, that’s not what the Premier League is like these days, with the changed demographic of spectators coming to games, not least because there are an ever increasing number of tourists in the ground. On pricing, it’s around £50 a game, so an awful lot of young people can’t afford to go very often.
“That’s a problem across the Premier League. [A lack of] atmosphere issue is not just a Chelsea issue, either: at Old Trafford last week the atmosphere wasn’t what it was, just as it isn’t at Liverpool, either. Home fans are made to sit down, but away fans can stand up. Home fans who do stand up and sing at the Bridge have received letters from the club saying a repetition could mean their season ticket or membership being revoked. That doesn’t help.”