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No excuses - it’s been a defining week for Jose


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Of course, in Media circles, last Sunday’s victory over Citeh was never going to be anything other than three points gained in controversial circumstances, as so many of our wins against the top clubs are reportedly ‘accounted for’ to TV viewers and newspaper readerships these days. Indeed, a similar situation arose after our demolition of the Arse a mere two days later, although diehard Chels fans have long since realised that no sublime first touch from Mata, followed by an exquisite strike on goal, will ever compare to the flowing brilliance of a Gunner’s move, especially one against the might of Norwich that [after years of untold and failed attempts to produce the same] was bound to be hailed as perfection personified. It was ever thus, yet this time, following our taking of two notable scalps, the scribes had to scrape the bottom of their barrel load of excuses [for our success] to such depths that lame is far too tame a word to cover the subsequent curmudgeonly coverage.

 

First to be pulled out of the Chelsea Bran[ded] Tub was that old chestnut known as ‘financial clout‘, frequently referred to by Arsene Wenger as ‘financial doping’, but of late (post Ozil purchase and our lack of FFP damnation) an almost obsolete term of rebuke. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop the press barrel-scrapers digging it out and holding it up high once more, this time aligning Roman benefaction with the purchase of second-string B-team superiority, as if it was both stark in nature and unfair in practice. In truth, it is neither and only a fool ignores the presence of first-teamers Wilshere, Cazorla and Ramsey in their midfield on the night, let alone the fact that they were outplayed in every department of the game [including pace] by Mikel and Essen - two into three going in hard, often, fairly and to great effect. By contrast, what Chelsea had out there against City was three lightning forwards, in Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, up against a bolstered sky-blue midfield that inevitably dominated the possession stats [used as an excuse to suggest they were the better side] albeit that those figures meant nothing after ninety minutes, as our counter-attacking tactics came out on top.

 

Moreover, back to Tuesday and financial matters, the comparative cost of players in midfield is interesting, but if you also factor-in Mark Schwarzer (Bosman), Samuel Eto’o (free) Ryan Bertrand (youth product) and the under-£10m price-tags for both Dave and De Bruyne, the feebleness of the ’financial’ argument [excuse] is all too obvious and, naturally, it never even saw the light of day when we took on the Abu Dhabi boys. Apparently pundits in print and on-screen alike either still refuse to see the wood for the trees, or they are being deliberately obtuse, unable to bring themselves to state [what will soon become] the bleeding obvious. In short, against Arsenal, there was a good mix of youth and experience, the true cost of which was far less expensive than a desperate smoke-and-mirrors media would have us believe.

 

So, let me give them this little nudge into the real world - the defining factor is not the money, nor the players turning out in any Team A or B side. The defining factor is Jose Mourinho, who got the better of an ungracious Manuel Pellegrino [tactically] at the weekend and followed this up with the downing of his opposite number at the Emirates two days later using a system tweaked to perfection and to suit the occasion. Here too managerial expertise came to the fore when, once the moral high ground of our having to play so soon after the weekend was secured and established as undeniably unfair, Jose left poor Arsene with nowhere to go, other than down amongst those anxious base campers openly admitting that the result of the game would have a ‘psychological influence’ on the teams throughout the rest of the season. Tantamount to tempting fate, this comment will now haunt Wenger for the rest of a long campaign, hanging around his neck like the Ancient Mariner’s albatross, although in this instance there really was no rime nor reason for such a risk-taking and committal comment.

 

To be fair, perhaps the Arsenal manager truly did think that this time it would be different - at home, in League Cup circumstances where he had previously lost to lesser teams with haughty pride, a whole host of kids in situ, marking little more than his indifference to proceedings in general - but whereas back then his laissez-faire attitude could always be described as being visionary and for the greater good, it was not going to wash again, not up against a returning adversary of Jose’s calibre. Older, wiser, with further trophies stashed away in the interim, our Special One is about to make it all happen again at the Bridge… while excuses used in rebuttal continue to wear increasingly thin.

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By contrast, what Chelsea had out there against City was three lightning forwards, in Eden Hazard, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, up against a bolstered sky-blue midfield that inevitably dominated the possession stats [used as an excuse to suggest they were the better side] albeit that those figures meant nothing after ninety minutes, as our counter-attacking tactics came out on top.

 

Also known as Guardiola syndrome. The notion that holding onto the ball for 70% of the match, even if 70% of that 70% is just defenders passing the ball between themselves in non-threatening areas, is somehow as good as a win. In last season's CL semi, Barca dominated the possession stats against Bayern. Who was the better side?

 

It's a bit like claiming victory because your team won more corners (although winning corners at least suggests some meaningful attacking has taken place).

 

On Sunday we clearly created the better chances and more of them, and most importanly scored more of them. Citeh didn't create much and their goal was a freak shot from Aguero.

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