Back in late January, Jose Mourinho accused West Ham United of playing “19th Century Football."
Speaking after their 0-0 draw, Mourinho said: "This is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th Century.
"The only [other] thing I could bring was a Black and Decker [tool] to destroy the wall."
The Chelsea boss continued: "It's very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It's very difficult.
"A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing."
These were the words of the Portuguese genius who was left exasperated after the Hammers came to Stamford Bridge and effectively parked the bus.
If we then cast back to the Champions League semi-final earlier this week, it had quite a resemblance to that January resemblence yet were there any complaints from the 51-year-old this time round?
Of course not.
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have been in scintillating form this season however Mourinho’s men put in a sterling defensive display to graft out a 0-0 draw which keeps the tie very even going into next week’s second-leg in South-West London.
The Special One started with David Luiz, Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel all sitting in front of Chelsea’s back-four marshalled by John Terry as they meritoriously kept out Diego Costa and his team-mates.
Tactically he was spot on with his team selection and that is why Chelsea advance frequently to the latter stages of these European competitions. They defend as a unit commendably and when needed to they attack with flair and fluency with the desirable result more often than not being achieved.
Conversely as Mourinho pointed out in 2004, fans like to be entertained by their club and not disappointed. The quote below came from his post-match interview after Spurs blockaded the Bridge and Chelsea failed to close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
In a post-match interview after Tottenham blockaded the Bridge and Chelsea failed to close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, Mourinho said: "As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.
"I would have been frustrated if I was a supporter who had paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. There was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede – it’s not fair for the football we played."
Football is supposed to be about the players putting on a show for the supporters who fork out their hard-earned money to watch the game they adore. Therefore I can’t imagine many Blues fans would’ve been happy with what they saw in the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday night as most were left short-changed.
Alternatively, no-one can argue with his record and if he goes on to win the Champions League this season he will become the only manager in history to win it with three different clubs.
Chelsea fans will be ecstatic and rightly so if the former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach can guide them to a second Champions League in three years with the Europa League triumph sandwiched in-between.
It’s not always the best team that wins these tournaments and when it comes to the final, it’s a one-off game in which anything could happen.
Mourinho isn’t bothered about how classy and easy on the eye his Chelsea side are. All he will be bothered about is leading his team to greatness one again and if he lifts the 74cm tall and 11kg heavy Champions League trophy in Lisbon come May, few will argue his side don’t deserve it.
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