Jose Mourinho admiring Newcastle United’s new foundations?
I have had a while to consider the events of Saturday and I still find some of the Jose Mourinho attitude and bitterness, pathetic to say the least.
Let’s break down the key points from the visit of Chelsea.
‘Only 1 team came to win’
Probably true. However, what does he do when Chelsea are facing strong opposition (usually in Europe, but also at Liverpool last year)? Had we tried to take them on in an open way then we would have been murdered. As it was we really struggled in the first 20 minutes to get a foothold in the game.
‘We may as well have put a cow on the pitch’
Again, we had a very definite game plan which was to try and play on the counter attack – Sunderland did the same to good effect last week. Does Jose really expect anything different, especially when his own team appear to lack a credible plan B.
‘The extra 6 minutes (It was actually 8) added time’
Personally I had it down as 5 (5x 30 secs for subs, 3x 30 secs for goals + 1 minute for general stoppages). Which brings us on to
‘Blaming the ball boys and crowd’
I don’t recall seeing the ball boys delaying the return of the ball. They certainly were not removed from their positions. The ball was twice delayed in the crowd, the second time for about 25-30 seconds, but it was hardly the problem he tried to make it out to be.
Once they realised that time was against them, Chelsea resorted to lumping the ball long and trying to use their height and strength to batter us into submission. Surely trying to use his creative players and making better use of the width of the pitch would have been a better tactic, especially when Drogba, Terry and Costa were up front.
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At least the Chelsea fans seem to be realistic about what happened from what I saw and heard in town on Saturday. Mind you, they still forget their past history of failure when they were languishing with us in Division 2!!
At times Pardew drives me mad, but he got the formation right, and the players are certainly putting in a better effort than before (or so it seems at least). The team spirit is excellent amongst the whole squad too. They ALL seem to be pulling together.
Hopefully this is a great foundation for the Christmas period – I wonder what next week brings…
Paul – Gallowgate Ender
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