Jose Mourinho hits out at “stupid critics” ahead of Chelsea v Atletico clash
Blues looking to reach the Champions League final tonight, with Real Madrid lying in wait
April 30th, 2014
Jose Mourinho engineered a 2-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday although the Chelsea manager has been taken aback by the criticism of his preferred playing style against Liverpool which saw the Blues soak up pressure before trying to hit the home team on the break.
Mourinho’s tactics worked a treat, with Demba Ba capitalising on a slip-up from Steven Gerrard before half-time, while Fernando Torres broke through in injury time and fed Willian to score an open goal.
The Chelsea boss was reluctant to elaborate on his tactics after the match although he sarcastically described Jamie Redknapp as a “football genius” for the Sky Sports pundit’s previous comments regarding Mourinho’s strategy.
The Portuguese manager said: “You know, at this moment, football is full of philosophers; People who understand much more than me; full of people with fantastic theories and philosophies.
“It’s amazing. But the reality is always the reality. A team that doesn’t defend well doesn’t have many chances to win. A team who doesn’t score lots of goals, if they concede lots of goals, is in trouble. A team without balance is not a team.
“After that, I can’t say much more than this. When Atletico has the ball, we have to defend. When we have the ball we have to attack. When they have the ball, we have to try and stop them scoring. When we have the ball we want to try and score. This is football, the football that I know.
“Opponents have the ball, you have to work and be defensively organised. You have the ball, you have to try and play according to the qualities of your players and the qualities of your opponents. You know?
“I remember to say in my first period here, if you have a goalkeeper like Petr Cech who puts the ball in the opponents’ box, and a striker like Didier Drogba who wins everything in the air, why play short? Because you are stupid?
“If your opponents are very fast on the counter and want space behind your defensive line, if you give them that space you are stupid. So when a team plays strategically and thinks about his team and the qualities of the opponent, 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, good teams, intelligent teams.
“In this moment, depending on the coach and the club obviously, the critics, they speak. But, no problem.”