Stick or twist?
Various media outlets have touted Jose Mourinho to be relieved of his duties if a loss to Liverpool (in the early lunchtime game) occurs. Personally, I think this is the wrong attitude to have to a man who guided Chelsea Football Club to the Premier League title and Capital One Cup success last season.
Whenever somebody questions my thoughts on Mourinho and whether he should be sacked, I always give the same answer. Sir Alex Ferguson, almost was sacked by Manchester United for his run of form early in his reign. In terms of a football manager, how is he regarded witin the footballing community? Their reply, speechless.
The same goes for 'The Special One.' I fail to find a manager who had mediocre sides, and turned them into world beaters. Before the name of Pep Guardiola is mentioned, at FC Barcelona, he had, in their prime, Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Carlos Puyol and so on. Arguably at FC Bayern Munchen, in terms of the Champions League, the team has fallen. Finalists in 2012 and winners in 2013, Pep Guardiola has only managed to get his German giants to the semi-final spot in the past two seasons.
Back onto 'The Special One.' I have a theory. Although outlandish and strange one, there is a possibility this could be true. Since his rise to world football in 2004, Jose Mourinho has not stayed at a football club for more than three years. Does he think other managers understand his approach, analyse his methods and deploy tactics to outshine him? Mourinho's second year has always been crucial, winning the domestic league. The third season, he either suffers a dip in form or leaves before the season begins. I think he knows the third season at a football club for him is crucial. My theory is that he pushes the players in season two of his reign, to the absolute maximum. Working the players until all they think about is... success. He tells them ''give me 100% this season and next season, I will take the pressure, I will face the media and the critics.'' I repeat, this is just a theory and I have no inside information from the football club. I am almost adamant Chelsea representatives have watched Mourinho closesly and have seen the third season remains a mystery.
In terms of the game on Tuesday, Chelsea face a tricky way fixture at Stoke. This rough patch has ruined moods across the country. The fans need to taste victory. Mourinho should go to basics and deploy simplsitic tactics rather than try to 'outskill' or 'outshine' any stars. I would rather win ugly, than lose trying to outfox Xherdan Shakiri. The question remains, can they do it on a cold Tuesday night at Stoke?