Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has claimed that the reason Jose Mourinho had so much success in his first stint with Chelsea was because he refused to be on the defensive and had an attacking mentality.
Mourinho took over the reins at the Blues in the 2004/05 season and won two league titles in the three years he was at the club, along with an FA Cup and two League Cups as well. Since then, however, Mourinho, despite being successful, has been branded a defensive-minded coach.
However, Robben, who played under the Portuguese tactician during his time at the club, said that the reason he was successful in his first stint was because he was not defensive.
“I think we were very offensive. We played with two strikers, with two wingers. It was like a 4-4-2, a lot of offensive players as well on the pitch. But what I remember about that period is the team. It was a real team all together, the players the characters all fit together very, very well,” he explained, according to Mirror.
“We had a great manager as well in Mourinho, who made sure that the team spirit was working well and of course for the club it was the first time that we won the league in 50 years.”
“For me it was a big, big step because I was still very young. I was 20. It was the first time I went abroad. You have to adapt quickly and especially if you are that young, you have to grow up very quick,” he concluded.
Jose Mourinho was recently fired by Manchester United, with defensive tactics resulting in poor results for the team. It remains to be seen where he will end up next as manager.