There’s no doubt that Phil Scolari has been brought in at Stamford Bridge to a) win lots of silverware and b) achieve this and still play sexy football. Roman Abramovich wants his Chelsea bears to dance as well as mauling the opposition, something that Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant seemingly couldn’t manage to do well enough. The latter left the club at the end of last season and, until now, the Blues players have kept schtum about his managerial reign at the club.
However, Salomon Kalou has broken that silence to some extent. Although the Daily Mirror’s headline that Grant made Chelsea ‘scared to attack’ is typically overstated by the tabloid, it’s clear that the players were shackled by the Israeli’s tactics, and that their new Brazilian manager is a breath of fresh air.
Kalou, 22, said: “The manager wants to play an attacking game which is exciting. It’s good for players who want to play more.
“Last year it was more about teamwork, being defensive, not conceding goals and trying to score one, but now it will be different.
“We were too cautious last season. There were some games when we were waiting and didn’t take out chances.
“This year we can make it better. We have a lot of competitions to play for with a strong team so I’m looking forward to starting the season and trying to win every competition.”
It’s hard to believe it’s going to be gung-ho under Scolari, although the signs are there that Chelsea fans will get more value for their expensive season tickets than they have for many seasons. Perhaps they won’t be as strong defensively if they’re going to push more players forward, although at least their owner will be pleased with their fancy football.