Why Jose Mourinho is right to play it boring with Chelsea

Mourinho & Bench - Chelsea

Chelsea were branded 'boring' on Sunday, but Jose Mourinho was right to play it cautiously.

After Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal on Sunday, the Blues manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the BBC about the “Boring, Boring, Chelsea” chants that came from the stands at the Emirates:

"I think boring is 10 years without a title - that's boring. If you support a club and you wait, wait, wait for so many years without a Premier League title, then that's boring.”

It was a thinly veiled dig at Arsene Wenger’s side, but the Portuguese coach is right to come back at the claims. The move took his side 10 points clear at the top of the table and just six points from the title.

Although fans and press alike want to be entertained, when it comes down to what football is all about, it’s a results industry. Fans choose to go to games, media decide to cover the sport, it is not up to the coaches to make sure everyone is entertained.

Everyone enjoys the game more when teams play expansive, free-flowing football, but so many coaches have used that style, and although they get praise, their CV remains bleak and the trophy cabinet stays empty.

Coaches like Kevin Keegan, Marcelo Bielsa and Wenger himself have been praised for their attacking football in the past, but have only won seven career league championships between them, this will be Mourinho’s eighth.

"Maybe Arsenal's fans were not singing to us,” continued Mourinho. “When you want to win the game and you take your striker Olivier Giroud off maybe they want more, maybe they want Giroud and Theo Walcott up front."

Arsenal have now gone 482 minutes without scoring against Chelsea, and perhaps the Gunners fans should be looking at their own manager for how he has not developed a plan to breach the Chelsea defence, rather criticising the soon to be champions of England.

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch