Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has fired what can be perceived as a jibe following the Blues’ 0-0 stalemate with rivals Arsenal, suggesting that fans of the north London club might find it boring.
The draw means that it’s now safe to assume Chelsea will be crowned champions of England prior to the end of the season, marking a decade since Arsene Wenger’s Gunners last won the title. Whilst Mourinho has come under stick for perhaps setting up his teams negatively, The Special One believes it is Arsenal, not Chelsea, who should have the ‘boring’ tag.
"You know, I think boring is 10 years without a title. That's very boring," Mourinho said, as per ITV Sport.
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"You support the club and you're waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that's very boring.
"But maybe they were not singing to us. Maybe, when you want to win a game and you're at home and you take your number nine (Olivier Giroud) off, maybe the home fans want more.
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"Maybe they want to play Giroud and (Danny) Welbeck together up front to try to win the game."
Having orchestrated a virtually unchallenged title assault during his second season back at the club, Mourinho has every right to be vocal about his disgruntlement at Chelsea’s critics. The Blues might not have been the most exciting team to watch at times this year but they’ve picked up results when necessary and have scored an impressive amount of goals along the way.
On top of that they enjoyed a majority representation in the PFA Team of the Year, whilst Eden Hazard was recognised as Player of the Year ahead of the likes of Harry Kane and Manchester United stopper David de Gea,.
In contract Arsenal had just one inclusion in the aforesaid said team, Chile international Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners started off their season slowly and, despite the fact they’ve been extremely efficient since the turn of the New Year, one gets the feeling Wenger is aiming more at launching a sustained assault on the Premier League title next term rather than hoping to stage a last-minute comeback this time around.
All things considered it could turn out to be a successful campaign for the Gunners, particularly if they can beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final next month.
Though they’ve never really looked like aspiring champions fans will be pleased that their side has improved on a perennial third/fourth place finish, and if they can clinch second they’d be sending a message out ahead of what’s sure to be a fiercely contested season as of this August.
As for Mourinho, his smart barbs were always going to be fired once Chelsea had emerged unscathed from their hardest fixtures. Though the man himself might not admit it his Blues side are now a shoe-in for England’s biggest prize, and, boring or not, that counts for far more than aesthetically pleasing football.
Chelsea fans, do you think your side has been boring? Or is it just bitterness coming from other clubs’ fans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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