IN a reversal of the poor form that Chelsea have experienced since the start of the Premier League season, they thrashed Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge on September 16 to the obvious delight of both the crowd and Jose Mourinho.
Clearly in a good mood, the Chelsea manager admitted that he had forgotten what it felt like to win until his side beat their Israeli opponents in Chelsea’s Champions League opening tie.
Mourinho reminded critics of his managerial record in the run up to the Maccabi game, and afterwards he warned them not to underestimate him because of the poor start.
‘There are people who are not happy with so many successes,’ said Mourinho, who had made some dramatic changes to the starting line-up, including dropping long serving captain John Terry to the bench.
‘Without the ball, you could see the team was much more aggressive, much stronger, the lines closer together and a much better reaction when the team lost the ball to try to recover immediately; to try to force the mistake from the opponent rather than wait for the mistake.’
Controversial as ever, he managed to slip in ‘I’m a fantastic manager when I’m not winning, I’m a fantastic manager when I am winning’.