Ex-Arsenal boss George Graham shares how he would go about beating Chelsea

The former Arsenal manager is also baffled by critics saying Jose Mourinho's side are boring.

Former Arsenal manager George Graham has disclosed to the Daily Mail how he would go about beating Chelsea.

The Blues drew 0-0 with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon to move one step closer to securing the Premier League title in Jose Mourinho’s second season since his return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho’s side have been top of the table for most of the season, only losing twice in the entire campaign and conceding just 26 goals throughout. Now, Graham has shared his thoughts on how he would set about toppling them if he were a Premier League boss.

“If I was plotting to beat them now, I would drop off and let them have the ball at the back and pass it across their defensive line,” he wrote.

“They have decent players on the ball in defence, but they rarely commit both of their full-backs up the field — it is usually one or the other. Branislav Ivanovic is a bit more adventurous down the right than Cesar Azpilicueta on the left and perhaps that is something the opposition could try to work on.”

The former Gunners boss - who tasted First Division title glory on two occasions in north London - also says he is surprised by anyone who claims this Chelsea team is boring to watch.

The Blues were scintillating at the beginning of the campaign but have been more conservative in the second half as tiredness and injuries have taken hold, instead adopting strategies that see them merely win rather than play attractive football.

That was certainly the method used against Arsenal and Manchester United, from which they took four vital points, and Graham says the side are far from the boring team they are being portrayed as.

“I was a bit surprised by the criticism of Chelsea because they are far from boring to watch,” he added.

“If I had been the manager of Chelsea, top of the table and playing at Arsenal, I would have been delighted with a 0-0 draw. It is a fabulous result for Jose Mourinho, especially at this stage of the season because Arsenal are Chelsea’s nearest challengers.”

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