Gary Neville has taken to Twitter to say he was shocked by Mourinho's choice to chase the game so early in Chelsea's defeat to Atletico Madrid last night.
Gary Neville has criticised Jose Mourinho’s tactics in Chelsea’s 3-1 Champions League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid last night.
Chelsea had looked the favourites to make the final after Fernando Torres’ goal, in the 36th minute, against his former club gave them a slender lead to defend.
However, Atleti responded to going behind well and Adrian Lopez scored a precious away goal just before the end of the first-half.
The strike forced Chelsea to chase the game and try to re-established their lead, but in the end it left them exposed to Atletico’s counter-attacking style and the Spanish team punished Mourinho’s men, scoring twice more before the final whistle.
Diego Costa gave the La Liga leaders a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot, before Arda Turan prodded home from close-range to secure their success.
Neville, therefore, was surprised that Mourinho – usually the master of being patient in these sorts of situations – decided to change to a more attacking style so early in the match.
He took to Twitter this morning to say:
Still really surprised at last night. 54 mins 1-1 AM playing well and Jose goes 2 up top and pushes fullbacks on. So unlike him.— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 1, 2014
Thought he would kill the game till ten to go and take the edge off it. Lull AM into that ten minutes to go period if they concede their out— Gary Neville (@GNev2) May 1, 2014
Atletico Madrid’s victory has set-up the first ever Champions League final between two sides from the same city, after Real Madrid demolished Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate in the other semi-final.
The final will take place on Saturday the 24th May at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal.