Well I think we can all attest to the fact that we have had a fantastic day. It started off with the confirmation by the club and was later followed up with a fantastic interview (the full one can be seen below)
If you are wouldn't like to spend 10 minutes of your time watching The Special One then I will paraphrase. Mourinho loves Chelsea, he is one of us. He is excited to improve our players and return and would maybe like to settle down.
Now let's get to the point.
I have analyzed through different mediums the works of Mourinho and the training methods he uses to get the best out of his players and will now share my learnings with you.
Jose Mourinho has a few simple beliefs that he has shared with the public. Lets start with a flow chart that he made and gave in a coaching presentation in America.
Now obviously it is quite hard to directly translate those words but it is saying the following: Start with your group of players and the resources you have available to you. Then develop a playing style. Use it and test its success and from then you have developed your style of play you can move on towards achieving your goals.
Mourinho likes to get the best out of his side and will adapt his tactics to what he has. There are a few traits that remain with all of his teams. His teams often defend rather deep and as a unit and then quickly break forward once they regain possession. Now we will dig in to his training regime and style...
This is an idea that was created by Victor Frade a portuguese coach. This style of training is very popular amongst Latin countries but is pretty unique to England. The idea is very complicated but I will break it down. There are 4 stages of the game: Offensive Organization, Transition from Attack to Defense, Defensive Organization, Transition from Defense to Attack. Tactical Periodization is based on the idea that any drill or exercise should be working on one of the 4 phases of the game. It also lays out a plan for the intensity level of practices. You will frequently find ex-players talking about how Mourinho always involved the ball in training and made it fun. This is because his drills are always incorporate the ball, competitiveness, short and intense structure and include one of the 4 stages of the game. For his training to work properly he likes to have at least 2 full-length pitches side by side. Tactical Periodization training also helps players gain explosiveness and recovery ability. Mourinho's sessions will last no longer than 90 minutes and are very intense with a few quick breaks in between.
The Color Box
Mourinho uses a Color Box system. Basically he has a few colors that he explains thoroughly to the players and that have a command that comes along with it. For example, during a game Mourinho may shout "Blue Box". The team then will perform an action, like intensive pressing. During training Mourinho will have players work in different areas that are outlines with different colored cones. So for example if they have green cones in an area the goal of this small sided game might be for the side to keep possession of the ball. Then in a match when he shouts "Green Box" the players will try and keep possession.
Perhaps your favorite part, I have found Mourinho's Bible. Yes thats right. The bible includes the 39 drills that he uses. He adds to these as he learns more and gains more info but these are the core 39 drills. The drills are then adapted slightly to different tactical situations. Here are the drills.
Finally when he first meets his players he hands out a letter that contains his recipe for success.
We are a TEAM. Motivation+Ambition+Team+Spirit=Success.
His set-up and drills are also usually adapted by the youth set-ups to ease the transition from the youth level to first-team. Finally another style that he uses during the game is resting on the ball. Mourinho's sides work very hard without the ball to get into position and the goal is to make the transition occur as soon as possible. This is very tiring, as are his counter-attacks. Therefore throughout the game there are certain points where his team will rest on the ball. He calls it "possession for the sake of possession". This is a chance for his team to recover and they will be ready for their next attack.
I hope you enjoyed this long post. If you would like to learn more feel free to let me know and please share. Thanks for reading. And guys please add to the comments section below so we can start a cool discussion. Any of your thoughts are great on either this material, or our awesome manager in general.