I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Jose Mourinho’s post-match despair following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland was not born out of the fact the result had just about handed the ascendency in the title race to Liverpool but rather the fact that Jose Mourinho’s outstanding record of seventy seven Premier League matches unbeaten at Stamford Bridge spanning across two spells at the club had been broken without the Chelsea team truly being his own.
Mourinho has said all season long that the current Chelsea team cannot win the title as well as pointing out the team doesn’t have the scoring capabilities of a team who can claim English football’s top domestic crown. This rather odd premonition was dismissed as mind-games since first being ushered out of the self proclaimed ‘Happy One’s’ mouth. However looking back, it seems as if Mourinho was merely speaking what he believed was common sense.
It has been a statement repeated over and over again since the start of the campaign, “Chelsea aren’t strong enough in terms of forwards.” Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have all been rather hit and miss throughout the campaign. Yes, Eto’o has scored an adequate tally of Premier League goals with nine but that is only adequate for a player who should be a rotational option, not a first choice center-forward.
For all Jose Mourinho’s efforts to prise Wayne Rooney away from Old Trafford last summer, you have to say Chelsea’s recruitment policy that summer was not perfect. Just as Manchester City had done the year before by placing all their hopes of signing Daniele de Rossi only to be let down at the final hurdle, Chelsea had done the very same with Wayne Rooney. The signing of Samuel Eto’o was a rushed process born out of circumstance due to Anzhi Makhachkala owner Suleyman Kerimov’s apparent meltdown and Chelsea’s need for support in attack once it became apparent David Moyes and co would not budge.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for Chelsea to challenge the might of Manchester City when you compare the forward lines of the two teams. Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo and Jovetic against Eto’o, Torres and Ba is an absolute no contest. When you look at how Liverpool have burst into the title race thanks to the goals of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, things were certain to become yet more difficult for Mourinho’s Chelsea.