Bournemouth had conceded the joint most goals in the Premier League this season going into Saturday’s game against Chelsea - 30 in total, averaging just over two goals conceded per game.
Eddie Howe’s side hadn’t even managed a win since September.
Inexplicably however, The Cherries somehow managed to snatch a win at Stamford Bridge, in a victory that could turn out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back for Mourinho.
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And who could argue? This is undoubtedly the very worst period of Chelsea’s recent history, not just in terms of results.
Of course the results are bad, really bad… However even more worryingly the style - or lack of - in which Chelsea are playing is woeful.
The shortage of creativity and spark is extremely evident. The inability to break down a side who have conceded the most goals in the league simply isn’t something that can be glossed over.
Mourinho once again decided to opt for four attacking midfielders, as opposed to playing Diego Costa upfront. The tactic was employed against Spurs last weekend, which is fairly typical for Jose in an away game against a top side.
At home to Bournemouth, though?
It was a decision that was inevitably going to lead to a major lack of presence in and around the goalmouth, and encouraged more tiresome passing with no end product.
An extremely underwhelming first half consisting of repetitive sideways passing and hopeless crosses into blank spaces, meant Mourinho was forced into introducing Costa at half time.
It was surely a tactical mistake from Mourinho, something that can’t be afforded, with Chelsea needing all the time they can get to break teams down at the moment.
It’s not a new problem
The general consensus is that over the summer, Chelsea’s players have been miraculously sapped of any ability to create chances and play nice football.
That’s not the case, though.
In my opinion, the monotonous style of Chelsea’s play dates back to last Christmas. The Blues enjoyed a swagger to their game in the first few months of last season, when Cesc Fabregas was at the peak of his powers.
However, the second half of the title-winning campaign wasn’t pretty and the champion’s often relied on the brilliance of Eden Hazard, which obviously hasn’t continued this year.
Roughly a year of dull, unimaginative football is the reason Mourinho simply couldn’t complain at being axed.
Lost the dressing room?
Keeping Costa on the bench again against Bournemouth was the first real sign that Mourinho might be losing the respect of his players.
Mourinho has always spoken extremely highly of the Spaniard, which is why last week’s bib sulk and two matches on the side-lines is very alarming.
Costa is a very big personality not only on the pitch, but in the dressing room and any on-going row with his manager will certainly raise alarm bells for an already restless Roman Abramovich.
Mourinho has already expressed no need to sign new players in the January transfer window. In that case, maybe time for a new manager?
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