Yesterday, ahead of the fixture with Atletico Madrid, a fixture that will define our season, Jose had a few words for the pundits who sat hanging on his every word at the press conference.
Obviously incensed by the criticism that he feels he`s taken after performances against Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, both away from home, saw Chelsea demonstrate just how resilient, defensively, they can be, Jose rounded on his detractors by remarking,
"Football is full of philosophers. People who understand much more than me."
"If you have a goalkeeper like Petr Cech who puts the ball in the opponents box, and a striker like Didier Drogba, who wins everything in the air, why play short? Because you are stupid."
"If your opponents are very fast on the counter and you want space behind your defensive line, if you give them that space then you are stupid?"
"A team that doesn`t defend well doesn`t have many chances to win. A team without balance is not a team."
"Opponents have the ball, you have to work and be defensively organized."
"You have the ball, you have to try and play according to the qualities of your players and the qualities of your opponents."
"The critics speak. But no problem."
Wonderful stuff but I can`t help feeling those words might very well apply to several who always seem fit to criticize what the 'Special One` is achieving at our club and who frequent this site!