Koeman: ‘Negative’ Mourinho must copy Wenger

Date published: Sunday 11th October 2015 9:43

Ronald Koeman: Urges Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to be more attack-minded

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has criticised Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics and says he should copy Arsene Wenger if he is to end Chelsea’s struggles.

Chelsea are currently enduring their worst start to a season in 37 years and lie 16th in the Premier League table following Southampton’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge before the international break.

The Blues had taken a 1-0 lead that day thanks to Willian’s free-kick, but a brilliant second-half display – led by an inspired Sadio Mane – helped Saints to victory.

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And Koeman has criticised Chelsea’s approach to the game and believes they’d have been better looking to score a second, rather than sit on their lead, citing Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Manchester United the following day as the perfect example.

“Chelsea prefer to defend when attacking is also an option,” he is quoted in the Sunday Mirror.

“Mourinho always chooses to defend. Even if his team goes 1-0 up, they would rather defend their lead than try to score more goals.

“Yet Arsenal can kill an opponent. That is why their victory against Manchester United was so impressive.”

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“Attacking-wise, they completely destroyed United. For 20 minutes, they played the most fantastic football, while Chelsea do the opposite thing.

“By defending, Chelsea give their opponent a chance to come back in the game. It was a shame that Mourinho was putting attention on the referee after we beat them.

“He wanted to have a penalty in the first half. But, in the first half at Stamford Bridge, Southampton should have had two penalties.”

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