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Possibly Mourinho himself at fault?
It occurred to me while watching the first half of the Chelsea Sunderland game that maybe Mourinho himself is at fault for Chelsea's inability to kill off opponents.
A pattern seems to be emerging with Chelsea. For the first 15 minutes of a half they are dominant. From then on their performance drops dramatically.
What I noticed during the Sunderland game was that initially when Sunderland had the ball the Chelsea midfield and attack ran as if there was no tomorrow to close down any Sunderland player on the ball. It was hugely impressive. And when they were on the ball the Chelsea creative players were again also impressive. But again as the game wore it was as if they just ran out of juice.
Two possible conclusions for me - Firstly is the Chelsea team not as fit as Mourinho thinks they are? Secondly, are Mourinho's expectations of his players in terms of all out work-rate not realistic?
Of the two I suspect the latter.