Jose Mourinho has been criticised left, right and centre in the past few days for the way Chelsea have been playing. A defensive approach against Liverpool in the Premier League and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League saw many football fans from around the world slam the Portuguese for being ‘anti-football’ and for ‘killing’ the game.
Liverpool legend Michael Owen is the latest high-profile footballing figure to take a dig at the former Porto coach and has made a massive statement against the ex-Inter Milan and the Real Madrid boss: Mourinho is not a genius.
Writing in his column for The Telegraph, the former England international striker cricticised the 51-year-old coach and claimed that it is not “challenging or clever” to put 10 men behind the ball and then play on the counter; it is “the most basic”.
Owen did not just stop there; he went on to claim that his father could have played as a centre-back for Chelsea against his old club Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday and the Blues would have still won the game.
‘With the greatest respect, my dad could have played centre-back for Chelsea last Sunday and looked impressive’, he wrote. ‘There was a clamour after the game for Ashley Cole to start for England again, but you have to give more consideration to how Chelsea set-up. Chelsea play two full-backs who never go near the halfway line; two centre-halves who are ordered to stand in the same position for 90 minutes; two holding midfielders who have a fixed position protecting those centre-halves...
‘Creating this blockade is effective and it has been highly successful in a brilliant coaching career for Mourinho, but don't tell me there is anything challenging or clever about playing football this way'.