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After Sunday’s 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho found himself explaining what went wrong at the post match conference in in his team’s evisceration at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho, no longer the beacon of a modern managerThe explanation itself however, is an illustration of how exactly far Mourinho has fallen however and that is because having to explain himself after games is becoming the norm. He has experienced so many losses of late, first with the Chelsea team which disintegrated from champions to mere also-rans and now a Manchester United side stacked with talents like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Portuguese has been at the top for well over 10 years but the winning formula which acquitted him so well in all of his tenures seems to have been figured out.

Some statistics seem to provide enough evidence that the tactical templates so elaborately and precisely drawn out by the United manager are simply not as effective as before.

Mourinho enjoyed win percentages of over 71% at Porto and Madrid, 67% in his first stint at Chelsea and 62% at Inter, but those figures have gone noticeably awry in recent times. His win percentage in his second stint at Chelsea lies at only 58% while it is 57.1 after his short time with Manchester United.

Perhaps the hope was that the abundance of world-class managerial talent in the league this season would bring out the best in the ‘Special One’ – a master of the big matches. However it is clear that the love and enthusiasm for the game which he once shared has if not gone completely has certainly diminished. The enjoyment is no longer discernible.

He seems unaware of his best team, something that the likes of Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola all have a far better handle on. Not only is this depriving United’s best players from flourishing but it is proving that this team simply has no clear identity.

Basic Mourinho traits that fans and pundits alike have come to expect from him and his teams such as his attention to detail, organisational planning and in-game communication are also absent.

Furthermore, the manager seems to have lost his unique ability to react to in game scenarios such as going 1-0 down to Chelsea. As his team laboured on the field struggling to keep up with the Blue’s new fluid 3-4-3 formation, Mourinho looked glum , it was the image of man seemingly to passive and powerless to prevent an inevitable thrashing.

For all his nous, there has never been a real distinct offensive plan for attackers in Mourinho teams and that this shortcoming is being exploited now is a testament to something else. There is a school of thought which suggests that tactically, there has been a revolution in world football which simply has no room for pragmatic, reactive managers.

Advocates of high-pressing, high-intensity attacking football such as Klopp and Pochettino have seen tremendous progress and a clear intensity and plan; those worried about Mourinho’s negative, dark art style have not been disappointed. His inability to open up his teams a bit more and become more tactically flexible have come back to bite the great man who, as last season also illustrated is struggling to create teams that are not one-dimensional.

With the plethora of exceptional tactical minds in the Premier League this season, it seems the struggle may continue.

Originally published at outside90.com

Post written by Yannick Forde
for Outside 90, Blog: outside90.com, Twitter: @Outside90

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