Blues are still in which a chance of winning the Premier League.
Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has admitted that the west London club have been boring to watch at certain times of the season, although the self-styled Special One has also claimed that this was for a reason, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
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The Blues were surprisingly knocked out of the Uefa Champions League at the semi-final stage by La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night 3-1 on aggregate following an uneventful goalless draw in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon the week before.
Meanwhile, in between those two fixtures in Europe’s premier club competition the west Londoners also played an ultra-cautious match while beating Premier League leaders Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield last Sunday afternoon, another contest in which the Portuguese was heavily criticised for in the press, as well as by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
However, Mou has now hit back at all his critics, claiming that he himself made a conscious decision before Christmas to alter the way in which his team played following back-to-back defeats in the league.
“At a certain moment of the season I made the decision to stop our evolution in style and philosophy of play and go the only way, with this team and these players, we could get results,” said Mourinho.
“I felt we had no conditions to go as far as we did in the Champions League or in the Premier League if we didn’t transform our style of play.
“There came a moment when I felt it was dangerous and that there was a big risk that we could be out of the top four.
“If we hadn’t gone for a bit more stability and development of a certain philosophy, it was a big risk. So from that point the team became more strategical and less intuitive, because we went for results.”