Chelsea are a bit of a turn off, admits Steve McManaman
Liverpool legend Steve McManaman says fans of top European clubs wouldn't stand for Chelsea-like performances
Steve McManaman says Chelsea aren’t the most thrilling side to watch after Jose Mourinho’s side edged a step closer to the Premier League title following Sunday’s stalemate at Arsenal.
The Blues had 43 per cent possession and registered just three shots on target as Mourinho failed to start a recognised striker up front against the FA Cup finalists.
When I look around Europe and see how other teams play their style of football. I think Real Madrid fans wouldn’t put up with that type of performance
Only Southampton have a better defensive record than the west London side in the Premier League this season, conceding just X goals in 32 top-flight games.
Speaking to Football Tonight, BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show, former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder McManaman reckons fans of European football’s biggest clubs wouldn’t stand for Chelsea-like performances.
“Bit of a turn off? Yes. Would I want to play in this side? Yes I would, I would love to play in this side, because if it means you are winning the Barclays Premier League, I would love to play in this side.
“Are they a turn off? I think they are. I admire Chelsea and I respect Chelsea, but I don’t like the way they play I must admit. I think recent games where they just got results, I think the Champions of this country should have a little bit more about them.”
McManaman added: “When I look around Europe and see how other teams play their style of football. I think Real Madrid fans wouldn’t put up with that type of performance. I think Barcelona wouldn’t and I certainly think Bayern Munich wouldn’t.
“If you looked at Owen Hargreaves wonderful documentary about Bayern Munich which he did recently. He sat next to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rummenigge said when Bayern were pulverized by Barcelona 5-0 at the Nou Camp, he said that is how we should play football and he started to change it. And they do play football like that and I think the Champions of this country should play football like that.”
Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to their stalemate with the north London side on Sunday afternoon.
Mourinho’s men face relegation strugglers Leicester City at King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
Steve McManaman was speaking on Football Tonight, BT Sport’s football debate and news round-up show.