Jose Mourinho a master at winning the big games, says Arsenal legend
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown refuses to criticise Jose Mourinho's defensive approach at Anfield on Sunday
Jose Mourinho has become a master at winning the big games, according to Arsenal legend Martin Keown.
The Blues produced a defensive performance at Anfield on Sunday and Mourinho’s side scored twice on the counter-attack to end Liverpool’s 11-game winning run.
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers criticised his contemporary for parking “two buses” at Anfield, but former Gunners centre-half Keown had no problems with Mourinho’s approach.
“They have been so used to winning these past few weeks but they could not get past the blue wall and it clearly had a mental impact on them,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“It’s not as if Chelsea are alone in doing this, though. Mourinho has become a master at winning the big games and undoubtedly he instructed his players to let the clock run down.
“But every player knows they will try and waste a little bit of time if it helps their cause.
“At times on Sunday Chelsea needed a rest from the intensity of defending, so when John Mikel Obi and Andre Schurrle went down injured simultaneously late in the game, it was a chance for everybody to get their breath back.
“I was part of teams that did the same kind of thing, particularly at Arsenal under George Graham.
“With Arsene Wenger it was less important because we bossed the possession in most of our games, but in the ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ days, you would often take a chance to waste a bit of time.”