Jose Mourinho has once again tried to lower the expectations of Chelsea. Ever since taking over for the second time, the Portuguese has been reiterating that winning the title with this squad will be tough. Ahead of the encounter with Southampton, he has stated that this squad is not capable of achieving things that people expect them to do. According to Chelsea’s official site, he said:
I always said my job this time would be a different job profile. I do my work the best I can.
I came here to give my best, knowing that this team and this squad couldn’t be ready to achieve what people probably think we have to achieve.
Mourinho is effectively saying that he tried his best and he is not at fault if Chelsea failed to win the league this season. He is making such statements even before Christmas!
This is unlikely to make Roman Abramovich happy, as the club has spent close to £150 million in the last two transfer windows. We have some of the best young attacking talents like Juan Mata, Oscar, and Eden Hazard. There is also no shortage of experienced players (read that as Frank Lampard, John Terry, and Fernando Torres etc) who are capable of guiding those young players.
There are only a couple of players in the squad (Schurrle and Willian) who are new to the league. The Portuguese may argue that his strikeforce is not great, but he was part of the decision that allowed Romelu Lukaku to go out on loan.
The Premier League is certainly more competitive than in 2004 with Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool emerging as title contenders. However, Chelsea had the best squad in the division back then, and this is also the case this time around if you take out City. As good as Arsenal and Liverpool have been so far, they cannot match Chelsea’s squad strength.
On the positive note, he has said poor performances worry him more than being sacked for the second time. He continued:
I’m the kind of guy that year after year, title after title, I don’t change. I lose, I’m not happy. We don’t play well, I’m not happy.
I lose, I want the next match. I lose, I want the next training session to try to improve.
When you are the type of personality that puts pressure on yourself, I don’t think you need to be worried about anything else.
Mourinho, it is time to buckle up and start thinking about winning the title.