Chelsea won't be bothered by boring jibe

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Chelsea have had their critics in recent months for perceived boring displays and not playing football "the right way".

But there are two different ways to look at this: from the view of Chelsea player or fan and the view of anyone not affiliated to the club.

I say this because within Chelsea the players and staff won't mind playing boring football if it brings them silverware at the end of the season. There wont be players going to Jose Mourinho's office and asking if they can change their tactics to play better football.


Chelsea aren't always a "footballing" side but this season they have been a team of winners. They say that good champions know how to grind out results when they aren't playing well and this seems to be an art Mourinho has perfected.

He has repeatedly been on the end of a good results against the other top four teams. Is this down to them having the best squad? Maybe. Is it down to the other teams being tactically wrong? Maybe. Is it because of how Mourinho runs his team in these games? In my opinion definitely.

His record speaks for itself - the man is a winner he has lifted trophies in Portugal, Spain, Italy and of course with Chelsea in England. You don't have this kind of record without knowing exactly how to win.

In all of the big games Mourinho seems to get his tactics right. In the game against Arsenal on Sunday his side were accused of being boring. This bear in mind is a game that Chelsea couldn't really afford to lose while a draw wouldn't be a bad result for them, rather it would simply postpone the inevitable of them being crowned champions.

This is why he set the team up as he did. Without a recognised striker due to injury the team was always going to look to hit Arsenal on the counter attack and utilise the pace of Eden Hazard.

Resolute defence

The teams success comes from being strong defensively and scoring the goals when they need to. They have one of the best defensive records in the league, this is why they don't need to be winning games by three or four goals.

If they aren't conceding goals they don't need to strain themselves to push for more as one or two is often enough to nullify the opposition. If the team was conceding two or three goals regularly they would have to push for more goals to win games.

There will be critics of the style of Chelsea's play but if they are being successful it won't faze them too much. In the race for the title it is better to go on a run of games winning 1-0 than it is to lost out in high-scoring encounters.

However, don't get me wrong, this team can play football when they choose to having played some great stuff over the season, and it is hard not to with the flair in the team coming from the likes of Hazard, Fabregas and Oscar.

Then you have to look up front and see three quality strikers in Diego Costa who is having a fantastic first season, Loic Remy a player who always seems to be in the goals when needed and Didier Drogba a Chelsea legend who provides quality back up.

The best team

Judging on the whole season Chelsea deserve to win the title, simply because they have been the best team in all areas of the game and have the strongest overall squad in the league.

Next season it will be hard to improve but with the right buys they will be a real force domestically and in Europe next season.

Chelsea fans: are you bothered that your team plays 'boring' football? Let us know below!

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