Former Arsenal star believes Mourinho is overseeing a new Chelsea

Paul Merson argues that Jose Mourinho could be encouraged to simply outscore opponents, rather than adopt a defensive-first approach.

Jose Mourinho may be moving away from his stereotype tactics, according to former Arsenal midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, as the Portuguese - now that he can call upon an elite-level creative midfield and prolific attack - may elect to adhere to a 'score one more than you' attitude rather than focusing on safety-first methods.

During Mourinho's first stint at Stamford Bridge, as well as his tenure at Internazionale, his ability to stifle opposition attacks became legend. Mourinho would build success from the back, create a strong spine and ensure his teams were well drilled when it came to defensive play.

However, the acquisitions of players such as Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Francesc Fabregas could usher in a new Chelsea era.

Commenting on the club's upcoming Premier League encounter with Swansea City, Merson said: "Swansea have been doing very well and this will be a hard game for Chelsea because they have got pace to trouble them on the counter-attack.

"I thought Chelsea were brilliant going forward in their last game against Everton, but I couldn’t believe how open they were.

"Usually you see Chelsea teams protecting the back four like a machine, but Jose Mourinho must have decided he’s got the players to go another way and he wants to have a go.

"He’s never had the forwards to score bundles of goals before, but now he thinks he can outscore the opposition in every match.

"This will be a hard-fought home win," Merson predicted.

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