Fenerbache’s ex-Chelsea striker stuck his boot in after his side beat the Stamford Bridge fat cats in Istanbul – the Serb, clearly a devotee of ‘the Special One” claimed that:
“Chelsea without Mourinho are not the same. Under him, they were a machine. There were no surprises, no mistakes. Everything worked fantastically. Now they have ups and downs. We’ve watched the last couple of games and against Middlesbrough and Sunderland they made four or five mistakes.
“There’s not the same spirit in the team any more. There are rows at training. It’s not the machine it used to be. You can see that something is not working. If [Frank] Lampard goes out of the game after 75 minutes it means something is wrong. If Mourinho had been in charge of this match of course it would’ve been different. He is a very different coach.”
Hang on a minute – wasn’t Avram meant to improve Chelsea? Wasn’t the glum Israeli meant to bring glitz, glamour, and razzmatazz? Right now Chelsea are as avant garde as a plastic poncho at a rainy Theme Park.