Speaking to TalkSport, Chelsea veteran Mark Schwarzer supported his manager’s weekend tactics, suggesting the club’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday went exactly to plan.
Jose Mourinho has been slammed by critics for his negative style, after his club dealt a detrimental blow to Liverpool’s title challenge.
The Reds are now no longer in control of their own fate, having slipped up at Anfield. With Manchester City breathing down their necks, a win at Crystal Palace was enough to retain their place in the driving seat.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers claimed his opposite number, Jose Mourino, had ‘parked two buses’ to stop his side – a statement Schwarzer was keen to address.
“We played right down to the gameplan and it worked very, very well,” said the Australian goalkeeper.
“Obviously we tried to slow the game down, that was obvious from the start, and it worked in our favour. It frustrated Liverpool and it frustrated their fans and the pressure started to mount on them.
“They had everything in their own hands and they really needed to win to continue the momentum and keep it in their own hands but the longer we went without conceding, the more pressure we applied by taking our time with things and the more frustrated they became.
“The bottom line is there was a tactic we employed and it worked down to a tee. We play within the rules, we played as we thought we could get a result and frustrate Liverpool at Anfield and it worked.
“Football is a strange game and there are all sorts of different tactics you can play. A couple of weekends ago there was a very open and free-flowing game between Liverpool and Manchester City and everyone loved it because of the amount of goals that were scored, but the bottom line is we wanted to go there and win the game.
“We didn’t want to just go there and sit back and just try to get a result or park two buses in front of our goal, like it was suggested. We wanted to be strong defensively but we also wanted to attack them and score goals on the counter or whenever the opportunities came along and it worked perfectly for us.”
Schwarzer was the star of the match for Chelsea, as he continues to prove age is no barrier to having a say in the title race. Liverpool hit eight shots on target, with the 41-year-old keeper denying them on each and every occasion.