Spurs 'left the bus in front of the goal' - Mourinho has previous after West Ham jibes

In September 2004 Jose Mourinho was annoyed with Tottenham Hotspur. Does he have an Achilles heel against ultra-defensive tactics?

Chelsea had 39 shots on goal against West Ham United last night - yet could not find the back of the net against an ultra-defensive Sam Allardyce side at Stamford Bridge.

It was a shock result considering the form both teams came into the game carrying - but Big Sam set out his side in a rather negative, but you could argue sensible manner, to avoid a sure defeat at Stamford Bridge.

But Jose Mourinho was less than pleased with the tactics used in the fixture - which he made perfectly clear in his post-match comments:

"This is not the best league in the world; this is football from the 19th century. The only [other] thing I could bring was a Black and Decker [tool] to destroy the wall."

To a certain degree he is right - and too many neutral’s West Ham are not the most enjoyable team to watch.

Their style of play under Allardyce has often been criticised, even by his own fans, but this result proved that he can get the results other managers cannot against the big teams - points that could prove vital at the end of the season.

Of course this is not the first team Mourinho has complained in such a way over an opposing sides decision to play very deep against his Chelsea boys at The Bridge.

The Portuguese manager was on the receiving end of a 0-0 draw against West Ham’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur in September 2004.

The Spurs boss back then was Frenchman Jacques Santini - a wholly uninspiring manager who looked like he had enough of football management by the time he arrived - and stuck around for all of 13 matches.

Mourinho said after that draw:

"As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. I'm really frustrated because there was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede - it's not fair for the football we played."

Obviously there is nothing wrong with this style of play, and it clearly pays off against Mourinho - especially if you also fancy ticking him off.

So we know what teams need to do from now on when they travel to Stamford Bridge - park the bus, build the wall, and hope Mou doesn’t have his Black and Decker to hand.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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