Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has not spoken favourably of the strategies utilised at Stamford Bridge of late.
Chelsea's extreme-defensive set-up from recent matches has not only placed them in a prominent position to challenge for two top honours in the business end of the season - the Premier League title and the Champions League trophy - it has also attracted the attention from elsewhere in Europe, but not because it's an attractive style of football.
Fleet-footed forward Arjen Robben, who has won domestic titles in Holland, England, Spain and Italy, is one of those who has observed Jose Mourinho's clean-sheet first strategy yet, even though the Dutchman was on the books at the Blues for three seasons, Chelsea are not the side he wishes the best for in the Champions League and he has been critical over the style that Mourinho enforces.
"I don't really care [about this evening's encounter between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea]," said Robben when talking to Sky Sports recently.
The semifinal between Atleti and Chelsea is precariously balanced at 0-0 following a goal-less draw at the Vicente Calderon last week in a match where Mourinho's defensive tactics were under the spotlight.
"I saw the first game, it was 90 minutes and I couldn't watch it as it doesn't have much to do with football," lambasted Robben of the game.
"I mean, the two managers [Diego Simeone at Atletico and Mourinho at Chelsea]… all respect to them and everyone does it their own way, but I think Real Madrid is going to win the final and I wish them all the best."
Robben may not have been in the best of moods when he was making the statement, though, as he was speaking immediately after his current side Bayern Munich lost to Real 4-0 at home at the Allianz Arena. It was a damning defeat for Pep Guardiola's German team as Real progressed to the final due to a 5-0 aggregate win.