The Tottenham manager made the comments ahead of his side’s showdown with Chelsea
When Jose Mourinho visits Stamford Bridge, it always makes for intriguing viewing. Its down to his involvement with the club, one he was in charge of as manager before plying his skill set for Manchester United and now Tottenham.
That extra bit of spice is all that was needed to be added to make today’s London bergy matchup between Tottenham and Chelsea and enthralling affair. However, Mourinho decided to further heat things up with his comments on Chelsea prior to the fixture.
Mourinho Downplays Toughness Of Tuchel’s Job
Asked about Thomas Tuchel being handed over the reigns of Chelsea and what he felt of the appointment, Mourinho said he considered it an extremely easy task to win trophies at Chelsea.
“I don’t think it’s very difficult to coach at Chelsea because I was champion three times, (Carlo) Ancelotti was champion, Antonio Conte was champion,” he said. “It cannot be very, very difficult because we win titles there.
“I believe Chelsea always has great players and great squads and good coaches are happy to work with these clubs and with players that give you a very good opportunity to be successful and to win titles.
“Then I understand your question, and of course a coach needs time and needs stability and is a very good thing to feel stability.
“I’m not saying stability helps you sleep, I’m saying that stability gives you a different way of thinking and you are not just thinking about today, you are also thinking about tomorrow, you are also thinking about the future.
“That’s the way it is. It’s Mr Abramovich’s club and you have to understand that it’s up to him to make his decisions.
“In my case, I was there in two different periods and I was champion in two different periods and I’m very happy to have been there before and have that opportunity.”
Tuchel has guided Chelsea to four points – and two clean sheets – from his opening two games in charge and Mourinho says he will tinker with their style.
“Immediately a coach arrives in a club and tries to give a bit of a different fingerprint,” he said. “Every coach has different ideas. Dramatic changes probably don’t work because the players are not ready for it.
“But small changes can make a positive impact.
“From what I read what happened was that Chelsea go away from where they create a lot in the past years.
“Antonio Conte was playing like this for two years. Frank played many times following in this direction. So the players they know how to play in the way they are playing.
“And then there is the qualities of the players and they have lots of players with qualities, but being with a very pragmatic objective, Chelsea were a very good team with Frank.
“You can tell me they had bad results here and there. The results in Champions League were amazing. But they had a very good team with Frank and they have a very good team with Tuchel.”