A caption on a photograph recently uploaded to Instagram may explain how Jose Mourinho aims to nullify Paris Saint Germain this evening.
A caption for the above image, taken presumably in France earlier today, Wednesday, just hours ahead of Chelsea's quarterfinal clash in the Champions League against Parc des Princes hosts Paris Saint Germain, reads: "a game of keep-ball".
It is simple, but perhaps tells observers much about how Blues boss Jose Mourinho will take on the French bleus this evening.
PSG contain many players, like Barcelona and like Bayern Munich, who enjoy the football, who seek a touch on the ball every 30 seconds on average, who accumulate over a century of completed passes per match and who aim to influence games by dominating possession.
For Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti see Xavi and Andres Iniesta or Philipp Lahm and Toni Kroos as Motta and Verratti have, in multiple occasions in Europe this season, attempted up to 150 passes in a single game.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic even proclaimed Verratti as world class during the pre-match chatter, while Mourinho indicated that Motta will be targeted as a player to make uncomfortable on the ball.
It stands to logic that, by practicing a simple game of keep-ball, Mourinho is drilling the importance of not only denying PSG the football, but by pressuring them instantly as soon as possession is lost.
It is only by employing such an energy-draining tactic that players like Motta and Verratti will be denied the ability to dictate the flow of the game.