It was one of Avram Grant’s Chelsea predecessors that coined the phrase ‘sexy football’, although Blues fans haven’t really seen anything of that nature under their current manager, nor Jose Mourinho. However, the Israeli has pointed out, as The Guardian reports, that he’s only just got his feet under the table at the Bridge and that a more entertaining brand of football is on the horizon. Don’t hold your breath!
“Our target is for people to have affection for Chelsea,” said Grant. “If you succeed, you have more people that love you but also more that envy you. But we want to play football first that people enjoy. It’s possible for us to play football that people want to see. As a big club we need to look for that – a lot of big clubs have a lot of supporters all over the world because they play an attractive style, which we want to do. We will play football like that. You are seeing the start of this. It’s not good for a big club to play defensive football.
“But it won’t come in one day. In the last six months people will respect what we have done here and we are clearly making progress. United didn’t win the title for 26 years and it didn’t happen at Barcelona overnight. They built something. You can see now what they’ve built. We’re trying to do the same thing here. I have respect for what Jose did at the club in the past. The club brought me here to go a different way and that’s what I have to concentrate on. I have full respect for what Jose did here, I fully respect him.”
Grant seems to be hinting that Abramovich was becoming disgruntled with Mourinho’s effective-yet-slightly-dull style of football. Will the Chelsea manager get enough time at the helm to put his plans into action or does it all depend on whether the team land any silverware this season? Surely a potless campaign will leave his Russian owner more unhappy than ever?