The arrival of Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho signalled the first phase of the Roman Abramovich era. The Portuguese manager built one of the strongest and stingiest defence the world has ever seen. This defence was anchored by the strong duo of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho.
This legendary side won the double (Premier League and FA Cup) whilst shattering records en route to the aforementioned trophies. Jose Mourinho's men conceded just 15 goals in 38 league matches (a record that still stands).
Since then (even after Jose Mourinho left), Chelsea has been synonymous with having a stingy defence to the extent of being labelled as a boring defensive team. But that tag (boring defensive team) is slowly wearing off and right now, it has been completely washed off since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
The German manager has completely transformed the club from a boring defensive team into an entertaining juggernaut. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in 2004 and Thomas Tuchel's current team are similar in their defensive strength and very hard to beat.
But the difference between both teams is that while Jose Mourinho's team sat back and counterattacked, Thomas Tuchel's team is entertaining, attacking and full of flair. Most surprising is that the entertaining football does not in any way affect the defensive actions.
It is not an easy task for a club to change the culture and footballing identity. For example, Barcelona is synonymous with tiki-taka football and it would be a huge task to change that philosophy into a defensive one.
Chelsea has embarked on a huge transformation and the club should be praised for having the belief, focus and determination to do it.
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