MOURINHO CRISIS: D-DAY FOR THE MANAGER AGAINST PORTO.
Make no mistake, tomorrow night against Porto could be make-or-break for Jose Mourinho and his immediate future as Chelsea manager. A win...
Make no mistake, tomorrow night against Porto could be make-or-break for Jose Mourinho and his immediate future as Chelsea manager. A win and we move forward in the competition and breathe again. A defeat? It doesn't bear thinking of. Chelsea and Jose Mourinho are in crisis.
This whole situation is a total mess and I do not for one second put the blame firmly at Jose Mourinho's door. The players have been abject this season and if anything, they should be summoned before Roman Abramovich and asked to explain themselves.
If anything, they should be threatened with the sack for breach of contract as they get paid vast amounts of money to do something which for the majority, they haven't been doing and that is to perform.
Maybe, these players should be focusing more on the job at hand rather than focusing on the monies they are paid and their individual investments!
Then again you have to look at Jose Mourinho and his blind faith he puts in certain individuals who have let him down time and time again.
I firmly believe that when it comes to analysis, training and match preparation, Jose Mourinho is the best there is. The problem Mourinho and any other manager in the game has is that as soon as they cross that white line, it's up to them to deliver.
Plenty of people are having their say at the moment and there is always plenty of differing opinions out there. However, one person I have heard give theirs and that's Sir Alex Ferguson.
When asked of the situation at Chelsea right now he said:
So Sir Alex backs him to turn things around and I understand that but there will be Chelsea fans reading this asking the question how many weeks can we carry on saying this?
One thing is for sure, the game against Porto tomorrow night has become as important as the game was under Claudio Ranieri against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2002-2003 season. The players were told the club was about to go bust unless they won the game and qualified for the Champions League.
With the new stadium in the pipeline, Chelsea MUST play Champions League football. That looks like being beyond us this season so the longer we can participate in this seasons competition the better.
A defeat could be costly for Jose Mourinho but most importantly of all, It could be even more so for Chelsea Football Club as they strive to adhere to financial fair play. God only knows what could happen to our club if we had to settle for a season without any form of European competition looking at things from purely a financial perspective.
I just hope that we can get the win tomorrow and when I say that, I will take anything to get it. A deflection, an owl goal, a rebound off the Goalkeepers arse, anything!
Tomorrow is D-Day and I just hope for once, we can deliver.