Defeat will galvanise Chelsea

JOHANNESBURG - The social media went abuzz last Sunday after Chelsea had crashed to a resounding 3-0 away defeat to Manchester City.

What made the defeat more hilarious to social media fanatics was the fact that the defending Premiership champions had just come off another rough week in which they were held to a 2-2 draw by an Andre Ayew-inspired Swansea.

Of the football fans that saw the funny side of the defeat, some posted images of a vandalised bus in reference to Jose Mourinho’s ultra defensive playing philosophy while others drew a caricature of the Portuguese mentor hiding behind a curtain and waiting for Manchester United to go away.

But unfazed, Mourinho underplayed the defeat as one of those blips but responded immediately by going big into the market snapping up Barcelona’s Manchester United target Pedro in a bid to shore up his misfiring attack.

The truth is the two opening setbacks are exactly what Mourinho needed to freshen up things within his squad and gun for his second title in three years since his return to Stamford Bridge.

The 52-year-old is not your ordinary coach. He is a master tactician who has coached top sides like Porto (Portugal), Inter Milan (Italy) and Spanish giants Real Madrid.

In all his stints, he has won league titles with all the three and is tipped to dominate English football for years to come.

Others are already comparing him to former Manchester United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson saying he is set to emulate the traits of the gum-chewing Scot.

This is Mourinho’s second home-coming to Stamford Bridge and second reunion with Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Why I said the two setbacks are likely to galvanise Chelsea to new heights is past experiences. Mourinho is one coach who relishes adversity.

Last season, pundits wrote off Chelsea’s chances of winning the title after they were massacred 5-2 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane but the Blues responded from that setback to win the title with a handful of games to go.

Mourinho’s biggest mistake last Sunday was going ‘toe-to-toe’ with the home side. Normally, when playing against a big side, Chelsea are very conservative but on Sunday they were very expansive and ultimately paid the big price.

Don’t expect the same mistakes again from the wily manager. Going forward, Chelsea will be difficult to beat.

They might be the “most boring” side in the English Premiership according to those who hate the Blues coach but when it comes to grinding vital results, few coaches around can match the cunning Mourinho.

It took Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger several years to conjure up a win over the Mourinho-coached side and that a few weeks ago in the Charity Shield.

Chelsea and Mourinho might be down but they are definitely not out.

Many pundits still predict that the London side will easily retain the league title despite possible stiff challenges from the likes of City, Manchester United, Arsenal and maybe Liverpool.

It is too early to write off Chelsea after those two opening matches and if anything those might have been timely wake up calls.

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mourinho habude zvekumhanya

cawurai - 22 August 2015

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