Jose Mourinho highlights Chelsea weakness ahead of Liverpool UEFA Super Cup clash

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Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has highlighted his former side’s weaknesses ahead of their Super Cup clash with Liverpool .

Frank Lampard’s first match in charge ended in disaster as they slumped to a comprehensive 4-0 defeat at Manchester United.

The Blues made a promising start with Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri both striking the woodwork in the first half.

But a brace from Marcus Rashford and further goals from Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James eased Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to a comfortable opening day victory.

Jose Mourinho

Speaking on his first appearance as a Sky Sports pundit, Mourinho branded his former side as too “soft” in their approach in allowing United to capitalise on the counter.

He said: “I think they were too soft. It was difficult to qualify them, they were not compact defensively.

“There was too much space to play and not enough aggression on the ball.

 

“The defensive line, the distance between the defence, midfield and attack, they were never compact.”

Lampard gave starts to academy products Abraham and Mason Mount, and the visitors looked comfortable in possession.

But after watching the game in the studio, Liverpool legend Graeme Souness questioned the defensive and attacking contributions of their starting midfielders.

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Dave Jones and Graeme Souness (pic: Sky Sports)
Dave Jones and Graeme Souness (pic: Sky Sports)

He said: “Frank will point to them having 54% possession. They looked nice and tidy, easy on the eye when they had the ball. They have a midfield that keeps it.

“Do they go anywhere with it a lot of the time? No, but they keep it well in tight areas.

“I admire them for the way they’re trying to play football, but they need a different type of midfielder. Without N’Golo Kante, there’s not one of them with a defensive thought in their head.

 

“It’s all about keeping the ball and being cute and clever, and playing one-twos all over the pitch. If you’re playing Chelsea, their midfielders are always in front of you, you’re happy with that.”

Abraham was given the nod over the more experienced Olivier Giroud, and did come close to opening the scoring early on.

However, Souness questioned where the goals are going to come from in Lampard’s side this season.

He finished: “I’ve been saying for a couple of years, Chelsea are not very far away. They just needed a proper centre forward. They had Morata, Higuain, they’ve now got Giroud but none of them have fit the ball.

“There’s a lot to like about Chelsea but they do worry me about where the goals are going to come from.

“On top of that you’ve lost your best player [Eden Hazard] from the last five years, maybe in the Premier League.”

Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Super Cup at Besiktas Park in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday night.



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