Audere est facere
- Jul 28, 2004
I can’t say that the football has been of a high quality, but I don’t think it’s lacked in entertainment value either. Most of the goals we’ve scored under Mourinho have been well constructed, quick moves. While I never want to see us dominated for possession, I also don’t believe dominating possession necessarily leads to attractive football, and quite often if the opposition ate organised and don’t make mistakes (see Newcastle earlier this season) it just means we never get the ball into the opposition area. The football might not be free flowing, but I can’t say I’ve left any José match feeling like I’d been shortchanged on my entrance fee. The City match, in fact, is probably as exhilarating as I’ve experienced at home since we left the Lane.I do agree with this to extent. However, speaking to Man U and Chelsea supporting friends they confirmed to me that we are witnessing the beginnings of 'Jose-ball'. As fans you gloss over the turgid style when the silverware arrives and you are winning matches but once the losses start there is nothing to fall back on.
He is trying to turn us from a progressive, front-foot, high pressing team that look to dominate possession (peak Poch) . To a back-foot, passive and reactive, counter-attacking team. It can work if you have a rock-solid, inpenetrable defence - like he had at Inter and Chelsea. But when your defence are porous or uncertain, then alot of time you start with a disadvantage and with the wrong mentality(as we saw from his time at Man U).
I've never been a fan of his style of football but realise he still needs to time to properly stamp his philosophy on the team. I just hope I don't die of boredom before we pick up our first piece of silverware under him.
As for Jose ball, I never found his initial Chelsea side boring. Bit cynical in parts but they attacked with pace, they scored a lot of goals and they had very entertaining players. At Utd, Jose has won 2/3 of their post Ferguson trophies and given Utd their highest post Ferguson league finish. I think that says all we need to know about the state of the club and the grandeur of the task at hand.