Jose Mourinho has let rip at Chelsea fans after criticising the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge during yesterday’s game against QPR.
Mourinho has suggested that it’s difficult for his side to play at home at the moment because Chelsea’s West London home ‘feels like an empty stadium’.
“Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans. At this moment it's difficult for us to play at home though, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium,” he told talkSPORT.
“The team then starts playing like it's a quiet, soft game at home. It's difficult to get that strong start where the players, team and fans at Stamford Bridge [are all together].”
However, could Mourinho have had an ulterior motive with his comments?
Chelsea’s Premier League match next weekend sees the Blues travel to Anfield, where Mourinho would love a repeat of the performance of last season, where Chelsea ruined what was meant to be the game where Liverpool put one hand on the Premier League title.
In short, what Chelsea will need next weekend, is a fired up section of away fans, ready to roar the team on and inspire them to repeat the performance of last season.
If Steven Gerrard produces a slip at the worst possible moment, that would also help.
Mourinho’s relationship with Chelsea fans is largely positive so it’s bizarre why he’d turn on his support base ahead of an important week for the club, where the Blues also travel to Maribor in the Champions League.
Mourinho is a master when it comes to getting subtle advantages for his team in any area and if Blues fans try to make a point by being extra loud at Anfield, that plays into Chelsea’s hands and the boss has got exactly what he wants.
A win at Anfield puts Chelsea into an immensely strong position in the league as the possibility of multiple pieces of silverware this season becomes very realistic.