Saturday 22 October 2016

Jose Mourinho: 'I have seen the future of football and it's not boring Chelsea'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho joked about a future brand of football devoid of goals after his Premier League champions-elect Chelsea were labelled "boring".

Arsenal supporters chanted "boring, boring Chelsea" at the end of Sunday's goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium which sees Mourinho's men 10 points clear and within two victories of the title.

As he had on Sunday, Mourinho railed against the accusation that his side were boring, saying that "cannot be true".

"In any point of analysis in any criteria you can find, we are the best team or the second-best team. As simple as that," the Portuguese said at a press conference to preview Wednesday night's match against Leicester.

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He added: "I ask myself if in the future, when I am a granddad and I am at home with my grandsons, and maybe the future of football is a beautiful green grass carpet without goals.

"And in that beautiful grass pitch the team with more ball possession wins the game. Because everybody says 'oh, my team plays fantastically well, we had great ball possession'. Good. 'Oh, we build very well'. Good.

"It looks like the goals are not there. Sometimes you speak about 'boring' and you consider boring a team that scores as many goals as we do, but you don't consider boring a team that has 70 per cent of the ball possession and cannot win the game. It's quite a big contradiction.

"Football started a few centuries ago and the objective was one, but now it looks like the objective is another one.

"For me, I am very simple in my analysis. Football is about putting the ball in the net of your opponent and stopping your opponent."

The Blues boss immediately after Sunday's draw criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for not trying to win the game and for the Gunners' 11-year wait for the title.

Put to him on Monday that Arsenal fans felt Chelsea were boring, Mourinho said: "I'm not sure of that.

"I met an Arsenal fan this morning, a gentleman that lives almost next door to me, an Arsenal fan for more than 50 years and he congratulated me for my press conference, saying that I was spot-on."

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