After their 0-0 draw with Arsenal, Jose Mourinho admitted how he was disappointed his side weren't top at Christmas, but he keenly pointed out how that his side are crucially still in the title race.
He said: "OK, we don't go to Christmas as leaders, but we go with evolution because last season the championship was already lost by this point. Now, we are there."
This was a point Mourinho was waiting to make after his side solidly kept out an indifferent Arsenal side. It's no secret that his team didn't try to win the game, when they could've attempted multiple times, especially in the last 10 minutes on the break, but Mourinho came for a point and he got one.
It was a similar performance at Old Trafford and although they've racked up the points to be within two points of the leaders, they still haven't convincingly beat a title contender this season.
However, Mourinho has tried to play attacking football with the squad he has. The defeats to Newcastle and Everton are prime examples, when Chelsea couldn't take their chances going forward and suffered in defence because of it.
Instead of persisting with an attacking formation, Mourinho has gone back to what he knows best, and to what made him such a success in England, creating a strong defensive team that is deadly on the counter. Unfortunately, he must know his only consistent threat on the counter is Eden Hazard, with the likes of Juan Mata out of favour.
If you're a Chelsea fan and to see Mourinho take off Fernando Torres for David Luiz, that blew any speculation that Mourinho wasn't interested in the win. It's a divided opinion, risk the three points trying to win? Or do you settle for a safe point and miss an opportunity to go ahead of Arsenal?
It's difficult to judge Mourinho's style of play as he has tried to play a different way, but it simply hasn't worked. His old system with the three in midfield could be effective in the short-term, but teams will become more comfortable with it, especially with players like Mikel and Lampard becoming more predictable every week.
This week the 'Special One' has been repeatedly saying how he's building a team for the future, and he reiterated this after the Arsenal match saying:
"I am building a team for a long period, not just one season. We want creative players who use the ball and kill opponents."
It's a dangerous game, as he doesn't want to raise Chelsea fans' expectations too high but if he finishes this season without a trophy, who's to say his job won't come under threat?
Andre-Villas Boas was supposedly in charge for the long term and look where that led.
Indeed, Mourinho has special history with Chelsea but how long will this love affair last?
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