Jose Mourinho should copy Arsenal manager, says Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman has been offering some advice to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho...
Ronald Koeman has urged Jose Mourinho to take a leaf out of Arsene Wenger’s book and turn Chelsea into a more attacking team.
The Portuguese coach has found himself in the unusual position of being under pressure after a disastrous start to the new season for Chelsea.
The Blues slumped to their fifth loss of the season as they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
That defeat left the west London club 10 points behind leaders Manchester City and their Premier League title defence in tatters.
Now, Southampton boss Koeman has voiced his belief that Chelsea would benefit from Mourinho adapting his tactics and urging the Blues to be more attacking by “killing” their opponents.
Koeman told the Daily Mirror: “Chelsea prefer to defend when attacking is also an option.
“Mourinho always chooses to defend. Even if his team goes 1-0 up, they would rather defend their lead than try to score more goals.
“Yet Arsenal can kill an opponent. That is why their victory against Manchester United was so impressive. Attacking-wise, they completely destroyed United. For 20 minutes, they played the most fantastic football, while Chelsea do the opposite thing.
“By defending, Chelsea give their opponent a chance to come back in the game. It was a shame that Mourinho was putting attention on the referee after we beat them. He wanted to have a penalty in the first half. But, in the first half at Stamford Bridge, Southampton should have had two penalties.”
Chelsea will look to return to winning ways in the top flight and make their way up the table when they host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge after the international break.