As you all know, I’m in that awkward position of disliking Manchester United, but loving the coach.
With the help of a little bit of money, OK, bucket loads, Jose Mourinho steered Chelsea to a bunch of silverware that put the Blues firmly in the “super-club” bracket.
He was the right man at the right time to drive the revolution and he shall be forever revered at Stamford Bridge for his achievements.
But something has changed and it’s not just because we’re not seeing immediate impact at Old Trafford.
His demeanour has taken a 180, no longer the smart talking, humorous and elegant entertainer.
What happened to the Jose show we all looked forward to pre and post-match? There’s no doubt that the United job is a far more difficult one than anticipated.
The pressure is immense and it doesn’t take an analyst to forecast that he will be spending big again come the transfer window.
Unfortunately I’d say that the problem is deeper than a lack of personnel.
Do you remember how Jose hugged every Chelsea player as they came off the pitch? How players like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba became close family friends?
How players cried when he walked away from Stamford Bridge — the first time?
It’s very different in Manchester.
Shame man he’s really struggling and as a result, so are his side, who huff and puff every week for 90 minutes with no more than medium outcome.
And as for him saying that they should have won most of the games they’ve dropped points in.
NO the difference between average and great teams is that great teams manage to convert possession and shots on goal.
Ironically, United historically have been the very best at doing that.
Anyway, talking of deranged old fartsanother coach who I’ve liked over the years, Harry Rednapp has also lost some of my respect.
He said: “No Chelsea player would get into a fully-fit starting XI for Tottenham”. Whaaaaat?? Is he on hallucinogenic drugs?
Eden Hazard, N’golo Kante, Diego Costa, Willian, etc etc It’s players like those that Spurs really need to consider themselves capable of making a serious challenge.
Ok, the Spuds turned up at the Bridge on Saturday, pressed well in the first 30 minutes and deservedly went 1-0 up.
But that was about it, sat deeper and got beaten fairly easily in the end.
I think it’s about time Harry found himself a second-hand car dealership somewhere in the East End of London and lived happily ever after.
Huge game to look forward to on Saturday, it’s the early kickoff, City v Chelsea.
A game that will have huge confidence implications ahead of the hectic Christmas period.
I’ll be very content with a point… Early days ladies and gents, everything can change, keep the belief.