Mourinho lambasts his Blues; ex Chelsea boss says Jose's to blame

Gary Cahill Chelsea

Former Chelsea player/manager Glenn Hoddle highlights Jose Mourinho's tactical deficiencies as the game-changer, not the Blues defence.

"You say sloppy, I say ridiculous," summarised Jose Mourinho after witnessing a porous Chelsea defence concede three against Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes in the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday evening.

As quoted by Sky Sports, the Blues boss continued: "After the cross comes [for PSG's first goal], we assist the striker and there's no one going for the ball in the crucial position. In the second [goal], it's one of my players on the goal and that's unlucky. But the way the team were positioned defensively was not correct. And finally, the third one is even more sloppy. Ridiculous."

While Mourinho has been critical of the players, it ultimately should be a criticism of himself, as former player/manager Glenn Hoddle explains: "Schurrle playing up front [didn't] work. He took a risk and it didn't work. It backfired and they had no focus in the second half."

Because of PSG's positive play and their reaction to going one-nil up, Chelsea struggled to get back into the match. PSG were on the front foot, pushing their athletes forward and encouraging even their full backs to play much higher. This, Hoddle explained, therefore made Willian and Eden Hazard position themselves deeper.

He added: "They didn’t have anyone to retain the ball in the second-half and if you do that away from home you are going to pay the price – and in the end they did.

"The big problem they had in the second half is they totally lost their shape defensively. Although they played well, the two midfield players for Paris Saint-Germain in the centre of the pitch were turning on the ball with ease with no pressure on them.

"There was no shape to that team," he concluded.

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