A Tale of Two Halves
The display Chelsea produced in the second half, to beat a resolute and enterprising Leicester City side, was far superior to that produced in the first half.
After the three points had been successfully harnessed, leaving Chelsea Football Club on top of the Premier League, Jose Mourinho explained what he had told his sluggish side at half time, remarking,
"I told them. 'The way you are playing is not good enough to win the game and you are at risk, and it is impossible to play football if you don`t win one single second ball`."
"So basic things but important things. In the second half we were too strong for them, much more aggressive, we won second balls."
"Our first half showing showed clearly that we have to improve."
"I prefer to train in the morning but this week I trained at 3pm because this is not the best weather to play football, because you get a bit lazy and I was not successful with that because the team was lazy in the first half and that I did not like."
"But they improved in the second half and they won, which is the most important thing."
"This weather pushes players to be a bit lazy, to lose a bit of tension, a bit of sharpness in your body, and after that you pass slow, you do not react to the second balls, the time goes on and on and, when you wake up, it is already half-time."
"So at half time we had to be a bit emotional with them and make them know it was not good enough."
"I told them, 'If you have the same feeling and vision I have, we are not in trouble, because we will change, but if you do not agree and don`t have the vision I have, we are in trouble and will not win the game`."
And that my friends was the difference between a defeat or a draw and what we ultimately achieved, a victory!
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