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Mourinho Defends His Defensive Style

  • BBC Sport, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:40 PM

During his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal second-leg against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho hit out at critics of his defensive style. Chelsea held Atletico to a scoreless draw at the Vicente Calderon last week, before beating Liverpool 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday; Mourinho’s team averaged 29 percent possession over both games.

"Football is full of philosophers, people who understand much more than me. Amazing,” the Portuguese said sarcastically. “But the reality is the reality. A team that doesn't defend well doesn't have many chances to win." He added: "If the opponent is very fast and needs space behind your defense and you give them that space, you are stupid," he added. Mourinho, 51, could seal a third UCL title if Chelsea manages to prevail at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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