Jose Mourinho believes that beating Arsenal 1-0 will be easy but insists that he will honour his owner's recommended style of play and be more expansive in his tactics.
Mourinho was known for his defensive solidarity when he first came to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2004. The team he established conceded only 15 goals in the whole of the season and secured a record points tally of 95 which led them to the title. However, his return to the league has not been all that glorious with the Blues already conceding 18 goals with more than half of the season still to go.
The third place side will travel to Arsenal on Monday where a win will see them go top of the table, leapfrogging the Gunners to hold the top spot in Christmas. However, their form away from home has not been great thus far, losing against Stoke City a couple of weeks back and will be looking to get their season back on track with a much needed win over their London rivals.
However, Roman Abramovich's interests may come in his team's way, something which Mourinho was quick to pounce on.
"If I want to win 1-0, I think I can. One of the easiest things in football is to win 1-0. 'It's not so difficult. You structure your team from the back, you organise your team from the defensive idea, you don't give freedom to your players to express themselves," Mourinho said.
"The dynamic of the team is defensive and what you do is you recover the ball and try to punish the opponent on the counter-attack. To win 1-0 is not the most difficult thing in football.
"I don't want to because we are going in a direction which is the right direction in terms of the quality of football we want to play, and it's quite frustrating that you have to change that and go one step back and go in another direction just because you want better results," he concluded.
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