Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger and the style of football he implements at Arsenal, and blasted Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho for his dull, defensive tactics, as reported by Mirror.
The Dutchman was highly critical of Mourinho following Chelsea’s 3-1 loss against Southampton last weekend, lambasting the Portuguese manager for his boring and defensive style of football.
He suggested Chelsea could learn a thing or two from Arsenal, and praised the fantastic football on display during our dominant 3-0 win over Manchester United.
“Chelsea prefer to defend when attacking is also an option,” he is quoted as saying.
“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.
“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.”
Chelsea have been enduring a disastrous season so far, and are languishing near the foot of the table. They look closer to being relegation candidates than title challengers, and retaining their title is looking increasingly unlikely.
Mourinho has been utilising every excuse in his book, doing everything he can to draw attention away from his team’s struggles. He has constantly been lashing out at the officials, and when that doesn’t work he simply takes a swipe at Arsene Wenger.
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Koeman is a top quality manager who has done wonders for Southampton, so it’s great to get such praise from the Saints boss. Hopefully we can continue to perform the way we did against Manchester United, and carry on impressing with our attacking football.