Manchester City completely outplayed Premier League champions Chelsea in a 3-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The victory sent City five points clear of their title rivals, with two wins from two, while Jose Mourinho was left to reflect on a comprehensive defeat that ended a bad week for the Blues.
Following the controversy surrounding Chelsea’s medical staff, the defeat to City meant more pain for fans of the reigning champions.
And those rival supporters who witnessed Mourinho’s team cruise to the Premier League title last season, smiled with glee as the Stamford Bridge side groan with shame and pain.
I knew beyond doubt that Jose Mourinho is a good coach but he is also human and not a perfect ‘manager’.
I for one have being bellowing at the height of my voice against the array of talents the Portuguese coach has been offloading on loan to different clubs, this trend will never be in Chelsea’s favour, I foretold that one day the sale of this lads will someday come to haunt Jose Mourinho and his cohorts.
That day began on August 8th against Swansea, and became fully glaring to all on August 16th at the Etihad Stadium.
Last season on this ground, Chelsea displayed a commendable presentation against City, the Blues could have grabbed the all important three points if not for former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard who scored a late equaliser for Manchester City.
On this particular day, 16th August 2015, it was a different tale, Manchester City outplayed Chelsea, from the start of the game to the end of the 90 minutes. It was as if the Etihad side anticipated every move the Mourinho side were going to make and then wait upon them and then, pounce with force.
Chelsea was fortunate to be one-nil down at halftime, Sergio Aguero could have had a hat trick in the first half alone, had it not been for some superb saves from Asmir Begovic, standing in for the suspended Thibaut Courtois. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling and Aleksandar Kolarov advanced at will down Chelsea’s right flank exposing Branislav Ivanovic’s superhuman flaw and thereby reducing his market value with each run down the flank.
In situations like these, you expect a manager to change things around but, truth be told, Mourinho’s options were limited, largely through his own choice to have a bare-bones squad and little rotation, thanks to offloading players who could have injected young blood and youthful exuberance on the pitch, Mohammed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, Nathan Ake and many more, they might be inexperienced or not much quality, but so was John Terry, Gary Cahill and others.
Mourinho, instead relied on his players who were obviously still fatigued and have trails of injury engraved in their bones, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao.
Truth be told, John Terry has been fantastic for Chelsea, but I firmly believe it’s high time for Chelsea to find a worthy replacement for the Chelsea defender, and his substitution for Kurt Zouma should be enough to announce that the former England captain’s contribution at the Bridge are numbered.
It’s easy to say Chelsea need more depth. But when Mourinho had it, Kevin De Bruyne, Mohammed Salah and Andre Schurrle he didn’t use it much, just as Cuadrado isn’t seeing much action now, it’s time for Mourinho to reassemble his squad and add a reinvigorated spirit within them, if they really want to retain the trophy and pose a real threat in the other competitions.
Now, there is no medical official to blame or referee to ruffle, Jose has himself to blame.