Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been criticised right, left and centre for his approach towards the games against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool over the past few days.
While many have hailed the way he has set out his team to play to their strengths and made it tougher for the opposition attackers, others have slammed him for ‘killing football’ and for ‘parking the bus’.
Arjen Robben is the latest figure to take a dig at the former Real Madrid boss. The 30-year-old, regarded as one of the best and trickiest wingers in the world, is a former Chelsea player and worked with Mourinho, but that has not stopped him from taking a dig at the way the Blues have played on many occasions this season.
Pep Guardiola’s team were being heralded as the ‘New Barcelona’ just a few months ago, but now they are left to pick up the pieces of what has been an utter humiliation at the hands of the nine-time European champions.
Tonight Chelsea will look to do what Bayern couldn’t yesterday: progress to the final of Europe’s premier club competition. The first leg between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea last week ended in a goalless draw, and Mourinho’s team will be confident of winning the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Not that Robben has any interest in the match. And even if Chelsea do reach the final, the former PSV star believes that Madrid will win the competition.
‘I don't really care’, he told Sky Sports. ‘I watched the first game, it was 90 minutes. I couldn't watch it because I don't think it had anything to do with football.
‘It's okay, the two managers, everybody does it in their own way. (But) I think Real Madrid are going to win the final and I wish them all the best’.