The 2014-2015 Premier League season has been dominated start to finish by one team, Chelsea. They have been in first place since the second week of the season, and have scored the second most goals, while allowing the fewest. However, over their past few games, fans of opponents as well as Chelsea fans have taken to chanting “boring, boring Chelsea.” Some legends of European football have come out saying that the way Chelsea has put on the brakes and stopped trying to dominate teams on offense is detrimental to the sport. To me, it seems everyone seems to care more about how attractively the team plays, rather than focus on the results.
Chelsea started off the season with a trio of strikers in Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, back for one last year. While Costa has been near the top of the league in scoring all season, the team has struggled with injuries to Costa and Remy, while Drogba has played exactly how you would expect a 37-year-old in his last year to play. As a result, Jose Mourinho, whom I consider the best manager in the world, has taken an approach where Chelsea brings everyone back on defense, and they are able to work as a unit to absorb every attack, only trying to score themselves a few times per game. Since they have taken this approach, “Boring, Boring Chelsea” has gone unbeaten with 5 wins and 1 draw, and have clinched the Premier League title, considered the strongest league in the world by many, with three games to go in the season. Last week, after Chelsea earned a huge point by drawing Arsenal 0-0 on the road, Jose Mourinho, winner of 8 trophies over 5 years with Chelsea, was asked about the Arsenal chants. In a response that captures exactly how I feel, Mourinho replied, “Boring I think is 10 years without a title. That’s very boring. You support the club and you’re waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, so that’s very boring.”