Jose Mourinho isn’t concerned by Manchester United dominating the possession stats on Saturday evening – rather his interest is in Chelsea winning the points.
United were dominant at Stamford Bridge – finishing the game with 70.3% possession – which, the Daily Mail report, left Chelsea with their lowest share of the ball in a game since Opta began recording such data in 2006.
The Blues have come in for criticism over the football they have been playing in the second half of the season – particularly with their last seven fixtures all having been won by just a single goal margin.
Mourinho, however, isn’t at all fazed by the disapproval of his team’s performances. With Chelsea able to wrap the title up before the end of the season, the Portuguese doesn’t care about statistics – his care is on getting the results that will bring the Premier League trophy back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since the 2009/10 season.
“They could have 99 (per cent). It was no problem,” the 52-year-old said.
“When you decide to play the game strategically, you don’t care about stats, you just care about the points.”
Knowing that Chelsea were just three victories away from securing the status as champions of England prior to kick off against Manchester United, Mourinho set his side up not to win, but, more importantly, not to lose.
Unfortunately for football fans the second half of the season isn’t labelled the ‘business end’ for no reason – Mourinho has a job to do at Stamford Bridge, and won’t be risking the title by playing attractive football.