So, yes! Jose Mourinho’s winning streak against Arsene Wenger finally comes to an end (Sigh!)
It might not have been a Premier League encounter and the loss might not matter much as far as our season is concerned, but a loss against Arsenal always hurts! More so when there’s a trophy, however meaningless, on the line! Still, we have to move on from this but before that let’s hear the manager’s verdict:
“I expected the lack of sharpness, it’s normal. Some players like Falcao started a week ago. The others have had two weeks and half of this week. The pitch was a disaster, so slow, the weather didn’t help too but it was the same for both teams so no excuses. I know Arsenal also like a good, fast pitch.
“One team played counter-attack football well. One team played with initiative well but without the sharpness you need to be more aggressive with the ball. The team tactically tried everything.”
You can look at that statement any way you want. Whether it’s an excuse or whatever, the truth is our players are still not 100% match fit. The likes of Hazard who hilariously missed a sitter, Ramires who also missed a glorious opportunity, Remy who stayed offside for 45 minutes and others looked quite rusty. I am not defending our show at Wembley, but that’s the only explanation I have for this loss!
Mourinho, meanwhile, also had a few words of congratulations for Arsenal as he applauded the “DEFENSIVE TACTICS” of Arsene Wenger:
“For me it depends on the perspective. Normally you [the media] like to say a team that is defensive and defends very well doesn’t deserve to win.
“But I also have my opinion, different from your opinion. My opinion is the team that defends very well, that leaves their philosophy in the dressing room, changes their attitude, plays all the second half with nine players in front of the box, doesn’t concede and scores one goal, from that perspective they deserve to win.
“This is football. This is very good tactical organisation. Congratulations to them.’
Whether it’s a genuine appreciation or genius sarcasm, I don’t know, but there’s no doubt Arsenal were pretty darn good defensively! Although, we didn’t help the case either with some wasteful finishing and 98659859 number of offsides!
Lastly, a word on Diego Costa:
“Two days ago he was ready to play. When I told you two days ago he was ready to play he was ready to play. He trained normally on Friday and yesterday at the end of the training session he said he was not feeling good.
“But Falcao will have had a bit more football, he will play against Fiorentina from the start. We have Remy too, so if we don’t have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have.”
Source – ChelseaFC
So, Radamel Falcao is set to start against Fiorentina. Hopefully, he scores his first Chelsea goal in open play and hopefully, Fiorentina approves that goal instead of another legal proceedings!
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