Jose Mourinho desires to reinvent football at Chelsea
Many foresee Chelsea to be hot-favorites for the Premier League title next season and that maybe be true since the Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge comes at a time when the Blues have one of their strongest squad in history. Nonetheless, the Portuguese tactician’s desire to take risks during his second spell could bring havoc to the London outfit.
Jose Mourinho admits he desires to reinvent Chelsea with attractive football, something the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has yearned for a long time. In an interview to Chelsea magazine, Jose Mourinho defended himself from criticism over his style of play and revealed he was going to experiment this time round.
“I want to make the Chelsea fans happy - by results, by our playing style, by the mentality and the personality of the team,” Jose Mourinho said. “They have to know that there are three options in the match - where we can win, draw or lose - but we always give everything.
“I know in my record at Chelsea - also at Inter and Madrid - that I made many decisions that helped my teams. If I gamble, as you sometimes call it in England, with a very risky decision, it can go the wrong way.
“How many times did I play here with three defenders? I remember against West ham [United in April 2006], we were losing 1-0 and we were playing with ten men after Maniche got a red card early in the game. I still gambled because I wanted to win with ten men - and we did win, 4-1.”
The Old Guards of Chelsea will play an important role in Jose Mourinho’s campaign as well. The former Real Madrid manager expressed the importance of keeping senior players like Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry at Chelsea, although the trio had been linked with away moves during last season.
“Of course, there are senior players still at the club who can do the same and this is the legacy of the club culture - as some guys are arriving, they have others who can transmit to them immediately what this club means,” Jose Mourinho said.
“One day, these older players will finish and the younger guys now will be the older ones in the future, so the Chelsea culture is continuously passed on from one generation to the next.”
Chelsea will begin the new season with a home game against the Premier League champions Manchester United.