Abramovich has not demanded a more stylish Chelsea, insists Mourinho

The returning Blues boss wants his side to play attacking football, but has not been ordered by the club owner to employ a philosophy of attractive play
Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has not called for a stylish tactical approach upon the Portuguese’s return to Stamford Bridge.

It has long been thought that the Russian favours aesthetically pleasing football, similar to Barcelona’s famed 'tiki-taka' style..

However, Mourinho has underlined his belief that winning by any means necessary remains key, and feels the Chelsea supporters are of the same opinion.

"The owner never spoke to me about this," the former Real Madrid boss told reporters. "The owner always told me the same line that I am saying.

"We want to play well, we want to play good football, we want to win matches, we want to play every match to win, we want to be considered an attacking team.

"That’s what I want, that’s what he wants, that’s what I believe every fan wants. So, it’s not about style. I think it’s more about mentality, more about philosophy, it’s more about approach."

Mourinho added that the players at his disposal are not suited to a more adaptable system, pointing out that transfer target Wayne Rooney would add some much needed versatility to his squad.

"The qualities of our strikers, they are not really the people to play with the ball at their feet, they are not players to drop back and go into midfield like [Lionel] Messi, [Karim] Benzema, Rooney or [Samuel] Eto’o," he argued.

"They are different. So, we have to play with the qualities of the players."

The first competitive game of Mourinho's second stint at Stamford Bridge will get under way with a Premier League clash with Hull on August 18.