Mourinho: Strategy paid off in Manchester United victory

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the Blues’ strategy to foil Manchester United when the two sides met at Stamford Bridge this weekend worked perfectly, as the Premier League leaders extended their advantage at the summit despite having so little of the ball against the Red Devils, reports Sky Sports.

Chelsea had only 30% possession against Manchester United, but created the most clear-cut of chances that Eden Hazard took in the first-half. The Belgian international was put through on goal, and dribbled forward with the ball before slotting an effort through goalkeeper David De Gea’s legs.

Jose Mourinho’s side held on to the result, through a series of tactical alterations, as well as hard work from the players he did select. Every man on the pitch put in a shift to earn Chelsea a big win in the title race, while halting Manchester United’s resurgence in the division too.

The Chelsea manager has been made to endure a lot of criticism over the club’s playing style, as watching the Londoners operating with a counter-attacking outlook can lead to a very boring spectacle, but Mourinho feels the most important outcome of any game is ensuring you’ve won it.

“When you play in a strategic way you don’t care about the stats, it’s about the points. We were very well prepared for them, we had a big heart, we fight and we were very focused on what we want. Football is about talent but strategy is very important as well,” he said.

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