Vital Football

Latest Chelsea FC News

A Tale of Two Halves

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!

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Merlin
Date:Sunday August 24 2014
Time: 12:13PM

Comments

0
Kick in the Behind (figuratively) during half time by Jose did the trick
StamfordDLion
24/08/2014 12:35:00
0
seriously... But even the Liecester City players are under the same weather condition! NO? Well second half was adventurous but we could've still lost or drawn if not for the magnificient saves from Courtois...
Ikdaniels
24/08/2014 12:51:00
0
Our Defense is still suspect when we decide to on attacking mode though...
Ikdaniels
24/08/2014 12:54:00
0
I spotted this same thing mou did in the first half. the tempo was too slow, players were lazying around especially hazard whom my eyes stumbled on walking every now and then. Glad we stepped it up a little to get the desired result. As more fitness and sharpness is acquired, i am sure we will be more enterprising. #ktbffh #CFC
kolagold25
24/08/2014 13:58:00
0
(but we could've still lost or drawn if not for the magnificient saves from Courtois…) We could have BUT we didn't. How about being a bit Positive?
StamfordDLion
24/08/2014 14:12:00
0
Nice reaction from the boys. Leicester really surprised me, the game wasn't a walk in the park like I thought. Hope the new boys have gotten a valuable lesson; no team deserves less than your 100.
Louis Lancuv
24/08/2014 16:00:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Chelsea Articles

Chelsea v Spurs - Team-Sheets

Tonight, in our penultimate home match of the 2015 / 2016 season, Chelsea welcome Spurs to Stamford Bridge.

Mikel Wants to Extend Chelsea Stay

The return of Guus Hiddink, albeit in an interim managerial role, back in December, certainly benefited the career of John Obi Mikel.

A Big, Big Ambition!

The name of Paul Pogba and that of Chelsea Football Club have appeared in the same sentence on more than one occasion.

The Right to Kiss The Badge on the Shirt!

Our views are, as it turns out, shared by Guus!

Archived Vital Chelsea Articles

Vital Chelsea articles from

Site Journalists

Merlin
Editor email
Profile
Stan Wenners
no email
Profile
GabeU
no email
Profile
Tom
no email
Profile
Dylan M
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Chelsea v Spurs?
Suggested By: merlin
Chelsea to Win!69%
Spurs to Win!6%
A Draw!25%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Chelsea Results (view all)

Chelsea Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 11 2016 8:00PM : Liverpool (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.ZeeNut15
2.syed230183_chelseafc8
3.Kazuya Mishima6
4.oscarr4
5.CobhamBlue3
6.zyte3
7.Michael Reid3
8.OCBlues3
9.StamfordDLion2
10.analooish2