Is Mourinho ripping out Chelsea’s heart in pursuit of an underwhelming perfection?

Is Mourinho ripping out Chelsea’s heart in pursuit of an underwhelming perfection?


When Chelsea sold Dutch flyer Arjen Robben to European rivals Real Madrid in the summer of 2007, fans of the club had their first taste of bitter regret and anger at losing a key player, and not of their own accord. The lure of European royalty in the Spanish capital has and will surely always be one of the tempting in top flight club football, and Robben was yet another moth to be caught in the white hot flame.


But the Blues faithful justified the move quickly, citing the winger’s rampant injury problems during his three years in West London as a reason for gambling on losing player that so defined their new attacking lease of life. His last season had seen Premier League defenders begin to wise up to the wide-man, they claimed, marking him out of games, and lessening his once devastating impact.

Fast forward seven years, and Chelsea fans have not only suffered similarly confusing heartache with the sale of club hero Juan Mata to Manchester United, but are on the cusp of experiencing a summer of selling the like of which the club has never seen.

To start with, David Luiz, one of the heroes of Munich and Brazilian swashbuckling sensation, will join PSG in a mammoth deal worth between £40m-£50m. Jose Mourinho, who is embarking on a summer of reshaping and revamping, has deemed the player, who he once called his ‘monster’ due to his stunning performances in the biggest of games, surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.


Add to this with the news today that Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech, the greatest goalkeeper the club has ever known, has been linked with joining Luiz in Paris; while while the specter of doubt still hangs over golden boys Eden Hazard and Oscar, the players most likely to put the Blues back on the map.

Understandably, Chelsea fans are out of their minds with worry. The thought of losing four of their most favourite sons, in one transfer window, has seen even the most staunch Mourinho advocate question his policies. Admittedly, the FFP rules and the club’s pursuit of Diego Costa are key reasons for the rumoured reshuffle, but this will not pacify the feeling of impending dismemberment hanging over the 2012 Champions League winners.

What will concern most is that the line between what Mourinho wants and what the club needs may well be becoming progressively more blurred.


The Portuguese boss, during his first spell at the club, built a squad to stand the test of time; to embody a new ideology that would take them up to the top echelons of football, challenging for the highest honours on a yearly basis. This change from Claudio Ranieri’s entertaining nearly-men, to a dominant, brutal hit-squad was swift and mightily impressive. In his first two years at Stamford Bridge, Jose delivered the club’s first two Premier League titles, with his trusted soldiers Frank Lampard, John Terry and Didier Drogba intrinsic from start to finish.

It was no coincidence that Mourinho also brought in three key Portuguese operators in his first year to join them, two of which were his own creations from former club Porto. The Blues were ruthless, imposing, and clinical, losing just one Premier League game in that first season; something now considered to be close to impossible in the present day.


Mourinho is immensely proud of his previous creation, and has never shied from saying so, and now the Portuguese is looking to play God once more, driven and empowered by his stunning success in the past, and is so confident of building another world-beating monster, that he is willing to lay waste to the most promising of foundations; to weed out the peppering of previous regimes, in order to satisfy his own egotistical malevolence (something so long adored by Chelsea fans, but is now beginning to be a cause for concern).

For Mourinho, Juan Mata, Chelsea Player of the Season for two consecutive seasons, couldn’t defend; David Luiz cannot be trusted; Oscar is a salable commodity; Cech can be replaced; and Hazard does not sacrifice enough for the team. But is this enough, Jose, to sacrifice players of such exceptional individual brilliance in order to pursue a specific perfection?

To sell players of the calibre of Oscar and Hazard would see the Blues, albeit temporarily, plunge deeper into the ‘anti-football’ mire; an abyss first seen at the tail end of Mourinho’s first reign at the club which has now festered into a wholly damaging view of the club, typified by the performances against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.


Eden Hazard was vociferous in his condemnation of his manager’s tactics after the second leg, in which no less than six defenders started the game, with the Belgian charged with attacking the La Liga winners almost singlehandedly. This was when the Hazard crisis hit its peak, with the Belgian then said to be very interested in joining PSG (those sinister magpies), while Oscar’s omission from proceedings also saw him linked with a summer exit.

The Brazilian’s form had dropped over the past few months, perhaps justifying his removal from the starting lineup, but Hazard has been Chelsea’s standout player this season, and is one of the most promising youngsters in the world. His public war of worlds with his manager has been just bizarre, and in the absence of any real pacifying tactics from Mourinho, Hazard’s stay in West London looks far from secure.

The Argentine Ezequiel Lavezzi is being lined up as a potential replacement, according to the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old would not be a long-term solution, but his aggression and experience may be of use to Mourinho, who does not seem particularly happy with his roster of youthful attacking midfield talent.

David Luiz, who played the 90 minutes, was also a victim of Mourinho’s stifling tactics at Stamford Bridge, but despite his stunning performances from midfield against the likes of Manchester City and PSG, he has been unceremoniously ditched, with PSG now gaining one of the most unique sweepers in modern football.

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Petr Cech, sooner or later, will surely be replaced by Thibaut Courtois, but there is cause to stick with the 31-year-old, as the old saying goes: ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.

While reinforcements are needed, Chelsea’s squad is not broken, but in the eyes of Jose Mourinho, it is ripe for surgery. The Special One could do no wrong in West London up until a month ago, but now it seems as if the 51-year-old is looking to test the club’s faith in him; but he must remember that legacies are a fragile thing in football, and fans easily swayed.

Not to mention a certain Russian billionaire’s ruthlessness in his own pursuit of perfection at Chelsea, and if the Blues slip even further from the visually pleasing attacking philosophy Abramovich craves, which is personified by the likes of Hazard and David Luiz, perhaps Mourinho himself may unexpectedly find himself ‘surplus to requirements’; something that has already been touched upon in the French press.

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What do you think of the growing transfer crisis at Chelsea? Should the fans trust Mourinho’s judgement? Is this too much of a gamble? Get involved in the comments below…

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  1. What a load of tripe. Transfer crisis. Never before have Chelsea been so shrewd in the transfer market. Mata was a brilliant player but most fans can see what William brings that he didn’t. Luiz always was and will be a defensive liability. 45million pounds – thank you very much. I also believe that sadly Petr Cech has been a liability since the bang to the head. The only six foot four keeper who refuses to come off his line. Let’s bring Lukaku back for zero pence , move on the three crap strikers for about £20mil, sell Mikel for 50 pence, buy Costa and bring back Coutois -simples. Crisis -you’re havin a laugh.

    • I completely agree with you . The first time I have seen someone who has the same opinion as I have always told my pals. I don’t mind having khadira or Guarin and sell Ramires who collect yellow cards likely every game.

  2. If Jose sells Hazard and Oscar and eventually he didn’t lift any trophy, he should be sacked

  3. Mourinho is crazily so skeptical of a character,i doubt his tatics infact am afraid chelsea is going down under this man,how a good coach sell Mata,Luize n now am hearing of selling Hazard pls let the board question his plan,let him stop the damage Hazard n the rest of chelsea squad is n should not be sold.

  4. I don’t agree with much you have said here, it is all so anti Jose and ignores the great progress he has made with the team as a whole in his first season.

    1. Chelsea made big improvements in the season just gone, we have absolutely nothing to be worried about, quite the opposite actually, we are all excited to see who Jose signs and the team he builds. We can’t wait for the new season to start!! Jose has a great opportunity to prove another point next season, Chelsea are the team with a financial disadvantage when compared to the other big 3, I expect him to take up the challenge with gusto and see Chelsea prevail in the Premiership.

    2. With FFP we have to sell players. I actually liked Luiz a lot but 40/50 million for a defender is a great sale and we do have cover in that area. Juan Matta I also liked but again, we have cover in that area. The sale of these 2 players will help provide the funds to buy the striker we need, it is perfectly logical.

    3. Cech is 31 and Courtois is but 22, the latter has but a year left on his contract so if Chelsea don’t move for him now and stick with Cech they may end up having to pay out for a new goalkeeper in 2 years time. Again, no shock, perfectly logical.

    4. You may be worried about Jose but trust me, us Chelsea fans are not worried in the slightest, now is a chance for him to do a little reshuffle and build the team that he wants. We made great progress last season and will do the same again next season. Ask any true Chelsea supporter and they will tell you ‘In Jose we trust!!’

    • Wow!! Have you really just said ‘Chelsea are the team with a financial disadvantage when compared to the other big 3’ ???? Only a deluded Chelsea fan would say that, stop being biased and write your own opinions.

  5. am not a chelsea fan but i think mou is more of a gambler than a coach.thats the tim that won CL with di mateo.real madrid boost of the best players on earth yet mou was unable to go beyond semi finals.with proposed reshuffle,i think chelsea wil be very new and might even take three yrs to be one of the continental big boyz.other players who might be on their way out r Ba, Torres, butland, lampard ,cole and even mikel who will replace all these players ?doesnt chelsea have an academy? since 2003 who have ever come thro the uth set up?or is it becoz it is owned by a billionaire it need not be bothered by bringing up players and changing them napkins and diapers?

  6. jose shouldn’t gv a try of wat he just said.selling luiz we didnt talk but he must put a ful-stop there.he shoudnt even dream of doing such a thing in his lyf,or else somtyn terrible is going to happen.

  7. Eden Hazzard and Oscar are not for sale , Mou knows that.S Chelsea fans don’t panic. Mikael, Lampard, Torres, Ba , Eto are all going for sure.

  8. Bear in mind FFP rules my fellow chelsea followers. Luiz was not all that regular in our starting 11. After all 40pounds its just too much for a defender. In addition guys Mourinho sales receive a blessing from the board and owners of the team. Freddie. You are right and I support your suggestion, Lukaku come back, money realised from Luiz, Mata, and salaries of Lampard, cole, schwarzer, hilario,and others, get Costa or falcao. Period

  9. This is surely Jose Mou’s haters. You are an analyst while Jose is a coach. We trust him very much, so i suggest you keep quiet and keep watching how he does his job. Jose knows what he needs.

  10. Anyone can talk about Mourihno selling players,please fans if you know him well is a type of coach who likes to have good players,so at now any Chelsea player think of get big salaries from big clubs not Mourihno to selling them,so let’s blame our players for thinking of get big salaries from other clubs

  11. Mourihno is not a selling players type, let’s blame club for paying them small salaries,

  12. How can u present an argument like that? When chelsea played bayern munich was mata in that game? Wen it was lampard along side ramires n lampard who cracked their heads for de important goal against barca? U will agree dat mata could play for atletico right? Although mata was good, remember mou creates a counter attacking team n needs his players to be able to defend mata couldn’t. As for luiz, he is not as profficient in passing as his physicality and technicality suggests n as u well knw he is not de best of defenders. If u had read a reportby a spanish columnist, he believed that bf mou agreed de chelsea deal he identified mata n luiz as expendables. So is it really strange that they r sold? As for Hazard, u heard him for urself today so wat r u saying? I think what we shud be demanding frm jose is dat he shud give us a better football style not some naïve defensive football

  13. mou wants to create a compact team that cam challenge on th big stage. Luk at this past season we ddnt really hev an impressive team bt jus agroup of talented individuals. Compare it with the teams of mou’s past era u could point at everyone on the starting line up and feel confidence in them. Mou actually did wonders to get where he got with this patched up team this season. Remember how he always cried about not having a striker and how he always said i wil work with what i have this season meaning that he knew this was not the best team to work with. Trust mou & u wil hev few headaches. Plus dnt support soccer with emotions. The team tht won the CL in 2012 was mou’s creation. AVB was tryng to scrap the old timers of mourinho’s time off & that cost him his job. Wait & see the team tht he wil build

    • Mourinho has built the current real madrid team which is strong and great on the counter.

  14. I am little bit surprised that when Mou is criticised his fans see it as hating. Let us look at it clearly. Mou had the most expensive squad at Madrid and he came and spent more and made noise about a striker and ended up bringing Adebayor and Essien. When he joinrd Chelsea what happened to Essien? He told the whole world that not winning a trophy is failure. He failed to win the UCL and left his last season losing to At Madrid in the Kings Cup. He has basically spent over 100mil and took a team that won a trophy and was 3rd last season to the same position. If you look at his tenure at Chelsea he does not seem to believe that the club has any young players from the youth system. This was the same thing at Madrid. Another thing is that he is always criticising everyone else except himself – it was the defence, then City spending power, then League management, then Refs, then other managers who played the same tactics as him, then his strikers – except himself and his tactics.

  15. pleeeease guys, give Jose a shoulder to lean on, not a bed of thorns. Do you think hes blind enough not see what you can see? His title is ” the special one” lets wait. what we need are trophies. we dont care about who is sold and who is bought. why do people get tired of other people burdens?

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