As we approach one of the biggest games of the season we can look forward to seeing a team hungry for victory and getting one step closer to the Premier League trophy after seeing that spot in their trophy cabinet empty for years.
Sadly for Chelsea fans it looks more to be a picture painted better in red. After a season of keeping our feet on the ground and borderline pessimism worthy of a Eeyore as to whether or not Chelsea could win the league, Jose has decided to admit defeat and is rumoured to have the intent of fielding a weakened team against Liverpool.
The result against Sunderland has left Chelsea fans with a heavy heart no matter how many times we may say that we were never going to win the league. The more painful thought was to think that after so many games at Stamford Bridge Jose’s premier league record was ruined by a late penalty, which was coolly taken by former Blue Fabio Borini.
It speaks volumes of how talented Jose Mourinho is at mind games to even convince myself that throwing away the Premier League wasn’t as bad as losing Mourinho’s home Premier League Record based on the fact that only having a handful of games remaining and being within 2 points of Liverpool ‘we were never going to win the league’…
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who felt like this, although I’m not saying that people who felt losing the title was worse are wrong, it is just quite the testament to Jose that the feeling was not unanimous.
Having said this, everyone can be affected by mind games, even the professional footballers with nerves of steel. As Chelsea players battle every game to grab 3 points the feeling of Mourinho hammering in the belief that this season was never going to be theirs must have had an impact psychologically on the team. I would be surprised if not even for a millisecond there were players who may have felt like saying “what’s the point” or “this isn’t our season” could have made the difference between a win, loss or draw.
There is no doubt that Jose’s mind games have played a great deal in putting off our opponents. But who’s to say that some of our own squad haven’t been caught in the cross fire. It’s very easy to be a realist in competitive sport; sadly it’s even easier to be a pessimist. Here’s hoping that next season Jose has his sights aimed where they should be and if it looks like we’re heading for glory, that he isn’t afraid to say it.