'Chelsea were not pretty...but there are many ways to win a game,' says pundit

Jose Mourinho Chelsea

Football pundit Richard Keys had an astute comment to make about Chelsea's tactics against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool may have had 26 shots to Chelsea's 11 when the two sides met an Anfield on Sunday, but it is not how many times you go for goal, it is how many times you succeed that counts.

And so it proved as the Blues scored from two of their four shots on target while the Reds failed to convert any of the eight they managed to direct at Mark Schwarzer's goal.

Tweeting during the match, Richard Keys said what many people were no doubt thinking.

'It's not pretty but this is a terrific rearguard action by Chelsea,' the pundit wrote.  'There are many ways to win a game.'

It was telling that Jose Mourinho's much-changed side won by doing the opposite of what Liverpool have done for much of the season.

Surrendering possession and allowing Liverpool to try (and fail) to break them down, Chelsea had just 27% percent of the ball.  And yet goals from Demba Ba and Willian - at the ideal times of 45 and 90 minutes - gave the Blues a huge pick-me-up in a title-race that looked to be heading only one way.

That is not the case now, but it will be interesting to see what Mourinho comes up with next as he attempts to balance the twin-challenge of domestic and European competition.

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