Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has denied that Roman Abramovich is unhappy with the style of play his side have adapted, and insisted that the Russian chief was delighted with the 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
As relayed by ESPN, The Special One revealed how Abramovich hugged players following the stalemate at the Emirates Stadium, a result that has left them virtual certainties to win the Premier League.
A fine defensive display shut out Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, who themselves have been in good form of late, and, though Chelsea offered nothing exciting going forward, Mourinho has rejected the idea that his superior wanted more.
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"Roman is very happy," Mourinho said.
"I saw him hugging the players in the dressing room after the game.
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"He can be in Russia and live the game the same way [that] he lives it in a box at Stamford Bridge but, yes, I think he's happy and I think every Chelsea fan is happy if we win the title. If we win the title, we have a fantastic Premier League with everything."
In the past a staple of Abramovich’s regime has been the idea that he wants his sides to play fluid attacking football, and at certain points it’s been rumoured that he’s relinquished the services of managers because they haven’t had their team playing as easy-on-the-eye as he would deem suitable.
That doesn’t appear to have been an issue this year though, as Mourinho’s men romped to the top of the table early and haven’t looked back. Admittedly they’ve been defensively stoic this term, but that’s not to say they’ve sacrificed their attacking vigour at all.
In Diego Costa they boast the third highest goalscorer in the league and, having netted 65 goals as a team, only Manchester City have found more joy in the final third than they. Such numbers are impossible to ignore when combined with Chelsea’s 10 point lead at the top of the division, and as a result Abramovich can hardly have cause to complain.
Indeed the Russian must have been worrying when Mourinho’s first season after returning to Stamford Bridge finished with not a trophy to speak of. A semi-final exit in the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid is as much as Chelsea can lay claim to in respect to success, and another barren campaign might well have spelled trouble for Mourinho himself.
On the way up
Yet as the Blues sit on the eve of clinching another domestic title the issues of yesteryear will be but an annoying memory. The task at hand now will be to focus on improving the squad this summer with a view to translating their dominant form on English shores into equally impressive showcases in Europe.
It can be done with a little tinkering, and one gets the feeling Abramovich will be all to happy to back Mourinho financially with a view to adding to what is already a world-class side.
Chelsea fans, do you think the Abramovich/ Mourinho relationship can remain healthy this time around? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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