Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he altered the Blues tactics to ensure the club could maintain their Premier title challenge.
The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night following a 3-1 loss to Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge, while a shock 2-1 league loss to Sunderland last month all but ended the club’s slim hopes of the Premier League title.
Mourinho has often been criticised for his perceived defensive tactics at times this season, a trend that was epitomised by their 2-0 win over Liverpool last weekend where the Portuguese rested a number of first-team players.
Mourinho, however, believes the unpredictable nature of the Premier League could have seen his side struggle and admits he changed the squad’s tactical set-up in order to secure a Champions League place.
“I knew what I was doing,” the former Porto and Inter manager told ITV.com.
“We are still in a position, mathematically, to win the Premier League and in the Champions League we reached the semi-final and we had one foot in the final.
“There are moments when you have to go for the strategical point of view if you want to have a chance to compete for what we compete.
“If you don’t go for a bit more stability and a bit less development of a certain philosophy, it’s a big risk.
“I made the decision to stop that evolution in the style and philosophy of play and I went in the direction where I felt it was the only way that, with this team and with these players, we could get results.
“(But) there was a moment that I felt this Premier League was so dangerous that was the big risk for every one of the big teams to be out of the top four.”
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