How Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho always 'ruined' football

Mourinho Dugout

The Blues boss has employed 'anti-football' tactics at FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid but… he's used them en route to winning.

Just because Jose Mourinho was second best to Diego Simeone earlier this evening, Wednesday, as Atletico Madrid cruised past Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, downing the English behemoths by a convincing 3-1 scoreline, that does not detract away from anything the Portuguese has accomplished in his illustrious career - and neither is it damning of his tactical acumen.

Let's not forget, this is a man who is a proven title-winner in four countries in four leagues. This is a man who won the Primeira Liga twice with FC Porto, as well as a UEFA Cup in 2003 and a Champions League the year after, a man who claimed two Premier League titles and a hat-trick of separate domestic cups; a man who won two Scudetti and a Champions League trophy in 2010 and a man who won La Liga with Real Madrid.

To paraphrase former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, if Jose was blessed with the 2005 Chelsea side, he would not be adopting catenaccio-style tactics… no, he'd be gunning for goals spear-headed with a Didier Drogba at the peak of his powers. Regardless, Chelsea are still one of the top scorers in English football - and, despite Fernando Torres scoring against his former club this evening - they have done so without a reliable, consistent and quality front-man.

What Mourinho is excellent at, is knowing the weaknesses of his teams and, if any opposition club can take advantage of that flaw, he will find a tactic that negates it.

Some of Mourinho's most glorious victories have been based on catenaccio, or ultra-defensive strategies…

At Porto, when he guided the underdog Portuguese team to the Champions League title, he masterminded a 1-0 aggregate semifinal triumph over Deportivo La Coruna - the sole goal was struck from the penalty spot… away from home, where his opponents were strong.

Fast forward a decade and Mourinho again had to somehow stifle a rampant Liverpool who were annihilating teams on their own patch, such as Arsenal. He did just that last weekend by keeping his own sheet clean and beating the Reds by a 2-0 score.

One of the greatest defensive displays in world football of the last 20 years was courtesy of Mourinho, as Internazionale nullified one of the most aesthetically-pleasing attacking sides of the last 20 years in the shape of a 2010 Barcelona.

Players like Esteban Cambiasso, Motta, Chivu, Walter Samuel and Lucio over-powered, out-muscled and out-hustled a Nou Camp team that possessed Pedro, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Xavi, Daniel Alves and Lionel Messi, amongst others. The fact they did that with a player sent off away from home, winning 3-2 on aggregate, is testament to Mourinho's prowess.

No, this is not a man who has ruined football, but enhanced it, by possessing such an acute football brain that he is able to engineer monumental and historic victories that have already proven the test of time.

He may have failed to do so this evening, but at 51-years-old, he may well have another 20 years in him to create many more…

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