Mourinho unconcerned at criticism

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at recent criticisms of his footballing style and tactics as he prepares to face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, Sky Sports is reporting.

Despite his critics Mourinho has vowed to stick to his principles as he continues to hunt down a third Champions League trophy with a different club, having won it with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

In particular his tactics against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have come under scrutiny – their impressive win over the latter at the weekend saw Chelsea boast just 27% of the overall possession for the game, sitting deep and defending in numbers.

And as he prepares to face Atletico after a goalless draw in the first leg, Mourinho chose to highlight the need for solidity at the back.

He said: “In this moment, football is full of philosophers, full of people that understand much more than me.

“The reality is always the reality. A team that doesn’t defend well, doesn’t have many chances to win.

“A team that doesn’t score a lot of goals, if concedes lots of goals, it’s completely in trouble. A team without balance is not a team.”

The Portuguese confirmed that John Terry will captain the Blues while Eden Hazard is also in contention to start, but Petr Cech remains injured.

Chelsea have reason to be positive going into the tie – they are unbeaten against the Spanish side in the competition after a win and two draws, while Atletico have won just one of nine previous matches on English soil.

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