Chelsea boss Mourinho derides 'philosopher' critics

The Portuguese argues that those who complained about his side's tactics against Atletico Madrid and Liverpool would have had them play "stupid" football and lose
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has derided his critics, claiming that "philosophers" complaining about his side's defensive tactics would have had them play "stupidly" and lose.

Masterclasses at the back saw the Reds stifle Atletico Madrid 0-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final before beating Premier League leaders Liverpool 2-0 on Sunday to maintain their slim title hopes.

Though some have argued that Chelsea have been playing 'anti-football', the Portuguese is adamant that he has been playing to the strengths of his squad.

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Mourinho remarked dryly to the press: "You know, at this moment, football is full of philosophers - people who understand much more than me, people with fantastic theories and philosophies. It's amazing.

"But the reality is always the reality: A team that doesn't defend well or doesn't score lots of goals, if they concede lots of goals, is completely in trouble. A team without balance is not a team. When they have the ball, we have to try and stop them scoring. When we have the ball, we want to try and score. This is football - the football that I know.

"I remember saying in my first period here, if you have a goalkeeper like Petr Cech who puts the ball in the opponents' box and a striker like Didier Drogba who wins everything in the air, why play short? Because you are stupid?

"If your opponents are very fast on the counter and want space behind your defensive line, if you give them that space you are stupid."

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