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Jose Mourinho slams West Ham’s “football from another century” as Hammers frustrate Chelsea

Jan 29, 2014, 6:39 PM EDT

Chelsea, in Arlo's opinion, are best equipped to make a run at the PL crown, FA Cup and Champions League. Reuters

Following Chelsea’s 0-0 stalemate with West Ham United on Wednesday, eccentric manager Jose Mourinho has had plenty to say about the Hammers negative tactics.

First, the facts.

Chelsea out-shot West Ham 39-1. They had 72 percent of the possession. The final score… 0-0.

Despite a barrage of pressure, countless shots and the lion’s share of possession, Chelsea just couldn’t break down a stubborn West Ham defense that barely left their own half of the field during the entire 90 minutes. An inspired performance from Hammers ‘keeper Adrian kept out John Terry, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto’o in the second half, as Chelsea head into their next game against Manchester City knowing a defeat will leave them six points off the Citizens and top spot in the PL.

Sam Allardyce‘s side parked the bus, Mourinho style, at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as anti-football won against Chelsea’s attacking endeavors. In fact the Blues’ tally of 39 shots in a game without scoring is the most by any Premier League team since the 2003-04 season.

(MORE: Chelsea 0-0 West Ham United – Blues slip up in the title race)

But Mourinho, sporting a face like thunder throughout, complained massively about West Ham’s tactics… even though he himself is the master of grinding out 0-0 wins away from home.

What’s that saying again? Something about the ‘pot calling the kettle black…’

“I was frustrated since the first minute. I wanted to discuss decisions during the game [with the fourth official] ,” Mourinho said. “West Ham were trying to win time with everything. With their substitutions they were taking a long time. It was football from another century. The result is not a good result. They defended with their hearts – I respect that and praise that. I don’t think with matches like this we can sell Premier League across the world. My team did everything possible.”

source: AP

Eto’o was just one of Chelsea’s players thwarted by a stubborn West Ham defense.

So, here we have it. The ‘King of anti-football’ is criticizing Allardyce’s West Ham side for doing just that.

Surely Mourinho isn’t being serious?

Already this season he’s set his sides up to frustrate Arsenal and Manchester United away from home and both times his team have gained the 0-0 draw they were looking for. I’ve watched both live, trust me, those games were boring as hell to watch but Chelsea got the point they wanted.

So Mourinho, of all people, should not be lambasting West Ham for employing the very tactics that have helped to make him so successful and widely regarded as the most tactically astute manager in the global game. He loves to attack too, at times, but his ultra-defensive approach and ability to frustrate the opposition, when he wants to, has almost become his trademark over the years.

Look, we all get annoyed and say things we don’t mean.

Mourinho spent two hours of his life watching his expensively assembled, and extremely talented side, hit their heads against a solid brick wall made out of Claret and Blue. West Ham defended as if their lives depended on, throwing their bodies on the line time and time again. Add to that, it was in the pouring rain in West London and in front of his own fans. One more factor probably got right up the nose of the Portuguese boss: West Ham’s manager Allardyce stood in the technical with a grin like a Cheshire cat on his face throughout it all.

Speaking after, Allardyce was delighted to beat Mourinho at his own game.

“Good old Jose, moaning again,” Allardyce laughed. “He can’t take it can he. He can’t take it because we’ve out-tacticed him, out-witted him. He just can’t cope. It’s brilliant when you get a result against him! I love Chelsea moaning.”

We haven’t heard the last of this feud, as Mourinho has been ‘out-Mourinhoed’ by Mr. Allardyce and his Happy Hammers.

Jose will not be smiling.

But can he really moan about negative tactics after his side couldn’t quell them? Give me a break.

  1. wwsiralexd - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Calm down, Jose. It’s not like West Ham uses the tactic to win the Champion League.

    • Jenna - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Exactly! Even the stats are similar. I was kind of hoping he was joking…

  2. guerojose - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    “Mourinho complaining is normal because he always does.”

    • maurisso13 - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      So Mourinho is displaying some “selective amnesia”. He always uses similar tactics, successfully did so when Chelsea played Arsenal. Mourinho’s “success” is based on these tactics…he used the tactics repeatedly against Barca. So he means his football is from another century!!!…hahaha!

      • Jenna - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Chelsea’s always used those tactics when they can’t win on merit. Now, when he can’t beat someone on merit when that team is using the same tactics, the end times are near. Ridiculous.

  3. thfc54 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Dry your tears JM. That’s why they are called the Hammers you whiner.

  4. Jenna - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    After Chelsea “won” the Champions League final by doing the exact same thing, Jose has some nerve to talk about not being able to “sell the Premier League around the world.” Oh, don’t worry, Jose. Your own team blew that sale long ago.

    • deetoi - Jan 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      lol, Mourinho didn’t win the CL with the Blues. Your comment is irrelevant.

      • Jenna - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        No kidding, genius. But if you look at the tactics, the same team used the same tactics he’s bemoaning and claiming will not “sell the Premier league”. It’s still utter hypocrisy. Sorry you don’t understand. Glad to help more if you need it.

  5. carlsberg24 - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Here’s an idea for Moaninho. Rather that cry and pout, how about getting a competent striker? This is largely the coach’s fault that the team is stuck with an ancient Eto’o, useless Torres, and out of form Ba, while the much superior Lukaku is flourishing at Everton. Getting rid of Mata because of a personal dislike is another example of bad management.

  6. mvktr2 - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    If Mo was a youth coach I’d agree. At younger levels the game needs to be played to develop players, style, etc. However in the professional leagues where fully mature developed players are plying their trade I’m fine with ANYTHING style wise. Doesn’t mean I’d watch as a fan but I’m fine with a team that knows they’re outgunned sitting back.

  7. valiantdraws - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Valid points and all, but this is more of the same poor written drivel from JPW.

  8. the0game0is0the0thing - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Golly ghee whiz. You mean that West Ham looked at the tape of Chelsea vs Manchester United at Old Trafford at the start of the season. Mourinho used the same tactics there in a 0-0 draw. Looks like we might have some interchangeable coaching names. Jose Belichick and Bill Moaninho. Bitching about things other teams do that they do themselves. Only difference is I don’t think Moaninho cheats like Bill. He lets his divers and whiners do it on the pitch.

  9. some1kj - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Calm down the bunch of you. Clearly all of you are Chelsea and JM haters. Yes, he is wrong to complain about West Ham’s tactics, but they are desperate for survival. JM is also wrong in calling Wenger a complainer when he himself can’t help it but throw rocks at others. Having said that, JM is one of the greatest coaches in modern history and Chelsea will be on the front row this season, along with City and my other favorite team, Arsenal. The season will be decided by a point or two or even by goal difference.

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