Neville: Mourinho 'building an exciting, fast, hard working' Chelsea team

Gary Neville has been full of praise for Jose Mourinho this afternoon - mid-Twitter rant mind but still.

Gary Neville has been on the Tweet today - getting involved in a mini spat with a follower who questioned an earlier statement about Robin van Persie.

He suggested the Dutch international striker needed to ‘run around like a madman’ in order to placate fans worried over his recent dip in form and apparent unhappiness under David Moyes.

Which received a response from one fan asking on which coaching badge module it covered ‘running around like a madman’?

Now perhaps Neville could have worded it better - but what he was apparently referring to was the high-press now visible at some of the best clubs in world football.

Borussia Dortmund do it, Atletico Madrid do it and Bayern Munich have done it under Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola - who also instilled it into the Barcelona philosophy.

So Neville defended himself over the response - and here is how it went:

He seems to suggest that Chelsea also now play in a similar way and that has now made them a much better team.

It also goes a long way to suggest why he has preferred the likes of Willian, Oscar and Hazard to the more immobile Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata.

It is a changing philosophy - that all 11 men on the pitch should be closing down empty space as fast as possible - and it is clearly something Robin van Persie does not do enough of.

And it certainly seems to be working well enough for table-topping Chelsea.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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