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Jose Mourinho deserves criticism after Hazard spat

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Eden Hazard's comments after his side crashed out of the Champions League with a dour performance against a spirited Atletico Madrid side, were uncharacteristically petulant.  

Hazard described how, 'Chelsea are not set up to play football', and at a time when it was obvious his manager would be under the microscope he must've known that he was adding fuel to the fire of contempt that would inevitably attack Jose Mourinho's tactics.  

The public spat with the Belgian will increase the pressure on Mourinho who has a well publicised history of falling out with his star players, and after selling Juan Mata to Manchester United in January, Mourinho can ill afford to lose another fans favourite.

The Portuguese manager needs to bite his tongue in this instance and make peace with Hazard as Paris St Germain continue to circle their prey.

It is often said that a week is a long time in football and such is the nature of a Champions League and domestic run in that Chelsea had only three days to prepare for Wednesday night's semi-final.  

Three days, however, was all it took before the Mourinho masterclass at Anfield was overshadowed by a performance that lacked ambition and intent.

As Mourinho well knows, football is a results business and it is his acknowledgement of this fact that has set him on the path to being considered the world's best manager with two Champions League trophies and seven domestic titles.  

His attack on Arsene Wenger, whose fluid attacking style of football has provided little consolation throughout Arsenal's eight trophyless seasons, was evidence enough for Mourinho's ideology.

The Chelsea manager branded the Frenchman, 'a specialist in failure', because in Mourinho's eyes he is. The underlying objective is not to entertain but to win and win at all costs.

The irony, however, is that Wednesday's defeat has left Chelsea facing the prospect of a trophyless season of their own while Arsenal are huge favourites in an FA Cup Final only two weeks away.  If we didn't know him any better one might think Mourinho could be feeling rather silly.

It is important, however, to get things in perspective and whilst Mourinho is never going to receive plaudits for the way his side were wasting time as early as the first minute at Anfield, he executed the perfect game plan against a side that, prior to the weekend, had recorded 11 straight wins. 

Mourinho could learn from Brendan Rodgers and the way the Northern Irishman sets up his side to play with ambition and without fear.

 If Rodgers is going to be the man to win Liverpool's first ever Premier League title, however, then he has to be less tactically naive and acknowledge that you can't win the title playing out seven goal thrillers every week.  Rodgers, who learnt his trade under Mourinho's Chelsea, could learn something from his former boss too. 

Mourinho usually answers his critics by referring them to his decorated trophy cabinet, however, much like his on-field tactics, he may have to look for a plan B this season.  

The Special's One's brand of football that values defensive efficiency and containment over fluid passing and creative intent is commonly, though not universally, accepted when results are going his way and although one trophyless season will probably not be enough for Roman Abramovich to become disillusioned with Mourinho, a second is likely to prove fatal. 

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