Mourinho defends Chelsea tactics

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he changed his side’s tactics to a more defensive style to ensure qualification for next season’s Champions League, Sky Sports has reported.

Mourinho has been criticised in recent games for playing ultra-defensive football and only playing on the counter attack, although the system did help achieve positive results away to Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

His change to a more defensive approach came earlier in the season after Mourinho had previously said that Chelsea would look to take the initiative and attack other teams, but defeats to Newcastle United and Stoke City in the Premier League and Sunderland in the Capital One Cup are said to have forced him into a rethink midway through the season.

And Mourinho has admitted he changed to a more defensive style in order to preserve the club’s place in the top four of the Premier League. He said: “I knew what I was doing. We are still in a position, mathematically, to win the Premier League and in the Champions League we reached the semi-final and we had one foot in the final.

“There are moments when you have to go for the strategical point of view if you want to have a chance to compete for what we compete. At a certain moment, if you don’t go for a bit more stability and a bit less development of a certain philosophy, it’s a big risk.

“I made the decision to stop that evolution in the style and philosophy of play and I went in the direction where I felt it was the only way, that, with this team and with these players, we could get results.’

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