So Chelsea continue their march to the Premier League title and they have now managed to amass an impressive gap between themselves and most people’s bet for their challengers, defending champions, Manchester City.
Beating Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime to make the gap nine points albeit temporarily, most managers would have at least cracked a smile – especially had they seen Oscar’s goal. Not Mourinho mind.
The Chelsea boss decided to lay into not only his side but also the fans, claiming that playing at his home stadium – where he has only lost one Premier League game in a decade – was like being in an empty stadium.
Now whilst probably not meant in the same vein Roy Keane claimed Manchester United fans were part of the ‘prawn sandwich brigade’ Mourinho certainly meant to rile up the crowd.
He wants the home fans to create an atmosphere that would rival the likes of the Camp Nou or Anfield – and the Chelsea fans could take a lesson or two from their opposition next weekend – with it not being the first time Chelsea fans have been accused of being lacking in their passion and vocal support for the club.
The Special One spoke to Talksport following the game and claimed: ‘Everyone knows how much I feel connected to this club and the fans,
‘At this moment it’s difficult for us to play at home though, because playing here is like playing in an empty stadium.
‘The team then starts playing like it’s a quiet, soft game at home. It’s difficult to get that strong start where the players, team and fans at Stamford Bridge [are all together].
‘I was today looking around and it was empty, but not in terms of people because it was obviously full. That’s what frustrating.’
Anyone who saw the game would have to admit that Mourinho was right, and there is no doubting his bond with the club’s fans who sing his name more than any of their players – but who might just be a little bit ticked off by these latest comments.
At the end of the day, the objective for the Chelsea fans and their manager is essentially the same. They both want the Blues to be as successful as they can be and for the atmosphere both home and away to be electric.
They have the players to win a seriously good haul of trophies this season. Mourinho will certainly think they have the manager. The question is, do they have the fans?
Chelsea fans. Do you think Mourinho has a point? Do you need to be far more vocal? Let us know your thoughts below or tweet us @LaFootyettes.
9 years ago
The Matthew harding stand is where you sit with the most vociferous of the Chelsea fans. The stadium is not noiseless, just quieter in capital stadia compared to provincial venues, ie quiet at Emirates and the Bridge and Noisier at Liverpool,Manchester and Newcastle. Its the way it is. Jose wants it to improve as the article states and nothing wrong in sending a message out to the fans. We love him and the way he carries his heart on his sleeve. its a decent enough message, though possibly unfair on that gallant group of Chelsea stalwarts who do make an effort. No problem at all.
9 years ago
yes i also think that the bridge atomsphere was almost absent as there were no songs or music.
i watched game against palace i am so impressed by the palace and chelsea fans it was wonderfull but against qpr fans were quiet….
i am not critising any chelsea fan.as i am too a chelsea fan hope i would get too watch the wonderfull singing chelsea fans