Mourinho praises Arsenal after derby win over Chelsea
Jose Mourinho hailed Arsenal after their 2-0 win over Chelsea in the London derby on Saturday, saying that the Gunners did a fantastic job in hindering Chelsea’s build-up play.
Speaking on beIN Sports, he said: ‘I’m not saying Chelsea is an easy team to play against but I think they are an easy team to analyse, you know their principles, their fundamental situations.
‘You create great difficulties to Chelsea to build in the first phase and if you close a little bit more their left side with David Luiz and Marcos Alonso and you give the ball to the right side, it is quite difficult for them.’
Sarri has been criticized for playing N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard out of position but Mourinho believes that Kante is versatile enough to play anywhere in midfield.
‘Kante is playing in a position where he is making more runs forward than staying in the build-up in the first phase and Arsenal managed to press them in their own pitch and create many difficulties,’ he said.
‘I think Kante can play everywhere, I think he has the qualities to be a box-to-box like Maurizio is trying with him and he’s scoring more goals than ever.
‘With Antonio Conte, he was playing in a more defensive position because they were only playing with two in there but now at this moment they are playing with three and Maurizio is doing the same with Jorginho as at Napoli.’
‘He likes him to drop in between the centre backs but today Ramsey is playing in that position to fundamentally to stop Jorginho playing.’
Jorginho’s below-par performances have evoked widespread criticism from the media, with the Chelsea fans booing him in the 2-1 victory over Newcastle a couple of weeks back.