Jose Mourinho explains plans to change Chelsea’s style

Jose Mourinho gives an intriguing insight into the overhauls he is expected to make at Chelsea ahead of the visit of Fulham

Harry Kemble
By Harry Kemble
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea take on Fulham on Saturday Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has given an intriguing insight into the overhauls he is expected to make at Chelsea, under the watchful eye of owner Roman Abramovich.

Abramovich has yearned for his Chelsea side to match the famous Barcelona team from the last decade.

This has led to the Russian oligarch chopping and changing managers in pursuit of the right formula, with Mourinho being told in no uncertain terms of what is expected from him.

He said: “We had one meeting with Roman Abramovich. Not five or 10, just one meeting. In the meeting we had, and I won’t say it was an agreement because it wasn’t an agreement, but we were all convinced this is the way we want to do it.”

Chelsea have suffered teething problems in the six games they have played this term so far, losing their last three games in all competitions.

After a shock 2-1 Champions League loss against Basel on Wednesday, the intense spotlight which falls on a top club like Chelsea, grew more intense, with Blues’ supporters beginning to wonder where their team was going wrong.

However, Mourinho insists the change in method will not take long.

“I am not saying that for the next seven years for instance that we won’t have results,” he said.

“The reality is want to play a certain style probably not what you’re looking at now.”

The Portuguese, 50, revealed he is in contact – indirectly and directly – with Abramovich as both men search to make Chelsea the leading team in Europe.

He added: “I explain what I am doing because I think he is part of my job. Probably, I have to explain what I am doing like any other job. I think this is the right way to do it. I do not want to make any kind of comment [on him].”

Chelsea play Fulham on Saturday in what is now a must-win fixture for the west Londoners after their recent slump in form.

Mourinho is well aware the season is still in its formative stages and a convincing win against the Whites will go some way to quell concerns from the stands.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Mourinho told how he allowed his players a “funny” training session, which involved games of handball and basketball, to “keep the spirits high”.

“I never work as hard as I do now,” said Mourinho. “At the other clubs I have worked at there are different conditions. This is the first time we can have a laugh. My training session was just to laugh. I was there and I was just laughing.

“There was no tactical work, no feedbacks, no analysing. It was the first day in two months or something because I work very hard. I enjoyed it very much.”

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