Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that his ‘confrontational leadership’ style has not been required this season, despite a recent dip in form.
The Blues made a fantastic start to the season and were on course from a possible quadruple challenge, but defeats to Bradford and Paris Saint-Germain mean they might have to settle for a double.
Mourinho’s men already have the League Cup in the bag after victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, and there is also a healthy gap at the top of the Premier League table in favour of the club from west London.
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With that in mind, ‘the Special One’ insists he hasn’t needed to try and provoke a reaction from his players at Stamford Bridge this season, despite the particularly disappointing display against PSG in the Champions League just over a week ago.
"Confrontational leadership is when you are ready to provoke your players, create some conflict with the intention to bring the best out of them,” he said ahead of this week’s game against Hull, according to the official Chelsea website.
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"At this moment I don’t need that with this group because things are going in the direction I want. I’m happy with everything.”
Mourinho acknowledges that the losses have been a bitter pill to swallow this season, but he insists that all is currently ‘going well’ under his stewardship on the King’s Road.
Just be present
He went on to claim that he doesn’t need to be a ‘big leader’, and that his presence is the key to getting the best out of the Chelsea players.
"You can say we lost in the Champions League and we lost against Bradford, okay, but generally the way they work, the way they behave, their motivations, responsibilities, frustrations, the way they react to positive and negative moments, the absence of complacency, all of that is going well.
"I just need to be present, I don’t need to be a big leader or try to find different strategies.”
Whilst Chelsea might be on course for a domestic double this season, Mourinho should not be happy with how things have gone this season.
The Blues were in stunning form at the beginning of the campaign, but have tailed off dramatically. Performances against Bradford and the second leg against PSG simply weren’t good enough.
Mourinho should have been banging some heads together sooner to get the best out of his hugely talented squad. Were they to miss out on the league title, then this season would be nothing short of a disaster.
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