Liverpool defender critical of Jose Mourinho’s tactics after Chelsea exit
Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is critical of Chelsea's tactics after the Blues are beaten 3-1 by Atletico Madrid
Jose Enrique blasted Jose Mourinho’s tactics after Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge cost the Blues a place in the Champions League final.
The Blues adopted a defensive game plan to secure a goalless draw at the Vicente Calderon last week before securing a 2-0 victory at Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to a brace of counter-attacking goals on Sunday.
Mourinho appeared to keep his Chelsea side shackled as he fielded eight defensive-minded players for the return leg, with the onus on Belgian star Eden Hazard, Willian and struggling striker Fernando Torres to make the breakthrough.
The former Spain international did manage to put Chelsea ahead in the tie before Adrian Lopez levelled on the stroke of half-time, with second-half goals from Diego Costa and Arda Turan sealing Atletico’s place in the final.
And Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since November, felt Chelsea were punished for their overly-defensive approach to recent games in the Champions League and Premier League.
This is what happens when you don't play football……
— Jose enrique (@Jesanchez3) April 30, 2014
Chelsea forward Hazard appeared to criticise Mourinho’s tactics, too, with the 23-year-old feeling the burden of having to create his side’s only chances.
“Chelsea is not made to play football. We’re good on the counter, a little bit like Real against Bayern,” Hazard told beIN Sport.
He added: “Often, I’m asked to do it all by myself and it’s not easy. It was a complicated game. It will be a lesson for us regarding next year.”