Spanish expert Guillem Balague has insisted that Roman Abramovich is not entirely happy with everything at Chelsea despite the club having secured the Premier League title for the first time in five years this past weekend.
Balague, who was writing for AS, has insisted that the Chelsea owner wants to see an attractive brand of football at Stamford Bridge - something which doesn't always seem to happen under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.
In fact, in recent time, despite the Blues fine achievements this term, Mourinho's side have been labelled as 'boring', with the Portuguese tactician often putting points before performance.
On the subject of 'boring Chelsea', Balague claimed: "Mourinho carries on, apparently un-phased that his team are branded boring (Arsenal fans taunted Chelsea as bring boring recently and even Ruud Gullit states that Mou always has the hand-brake on).
"It obviously affects Mou as his retorts insinuate that it’s not boring to win the league (a reply to Arsenal) and that he’d rather win the league this way than coach a team in an easy league. The 13 points that separate Chelsea from City suggests that it hasn’t been that difficult to win the league."
Balague has also insisted that Abramovich was annoyed by the club's elimination from this season's Champions League, claiming that the exit proved the club are playing a 'style of football somewhat frozen in time'.
He continued by stating: "And he is annoyed for another reason: Abramovich requested upon his return to Chelsea that his team played a more attractive brand of football, and that was his reason for purchasing the club. Last season it was complicated as it was a time of transition.
"This seasons’ Chelsea, despite the presence of Cesc and Hazard, became defensive as injuries and tiredness took their toll. And I feel he’s annoyed for another deeper reason.
"The Champions League elimination at the hands of PSG gave the sensation that the Premier League champions are playing a style of football somewhat frozen in time. It will be fascinating to watch Jose Mourinho re-invent himself."
It can't always be exciting
The truth is, though, that perfection isn't that easy. Time-and-time again over the years, we've seen the Chelsea owner axe managers for many different reasons, including failure to land silverware.
Ultimately, then, he should be more than pleased with a Premier League and Capital One Cup double. Of course, especially in recent months with the league title edging closer to the Bridge, Mourinho has had to change the way his side have played, but his team have also enjoyed a number of fine days in terms of performances too.
There's no doubt about it, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Co. starring at the Bridge, the Blues should be playing with a certain style and swagger, but in some games that's not always possible. It will certainly be interesting to see how Abramovich reacts if Mourinho fails to change his ways.
Chelsea fans: Do you think your team is boring? Do you even care if it brings you success? Have your say in the comments section below!
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