Budding football managers and Football Manager players, listen up!
One of the things that assistant first team head coach Steve Holland talked about after Chelsea's 2-0 win against Newcastle United was the difference between our performance in the first half and our performance in the second half, and how Jose Mourinho went about changing that during the half-time break. While it's not clear whether the manager delivered his message through a megaphone, a hairdryer, a crazed Scottish masseur, or interpretive dance, Holland gave fairly specific examples of just what Mourinho asked his team to do.
"He's a highly experienced manager who knows what to say and when to say it. He wanted the team to play further up the pitch, press further up the pitch, to be mentally more aggressive and assertive with and without the ball. He wanted us to play at a quicker tempo and sustain attacks in their half."
-Steve Holland; source: Chelsea FC
Or, if you're more of a visual learner, here's how you should set your team instructions in Football Manager 2015:
Of course, just because you set your team up a certain way, there's no guarantee in either the virtual nor the real world that your players will follow all your instructions to a T. Fortunately, the Chelsea boys stepped up their individual games in the second half on Saturday just as requested, and with any luck, your virtual charges will follow your lead just as zealously as well.