Jose Mourinho criticizes Mikel Arteta’s ‘magic strategy’ at Arsenal – Daily Star

Jose Mourinho criticizes Mikel Arteta’s ‘magic strategy’ at Arsenal – Daily Star

The Gunners only had 28 percent of the possession at the Etihad Stadium in the clash, but successfully limited City to just one shot on target, leading many to praise Arteta’s tactical prowess. “And I am happy everything goes for him. But the way they [Arsenal] played to get that point – and the way the media spoke about a magic strategy.” “In my time, it was not a magic strategy.

And I won at Manchester City a few times. But it was not an amazing strategy. It was a defensive game. Park the bus.

Park the double bus. It was a different perspective.” While Mourinho took a cheeky dig at Arteta’s tactics against City, the Gunners gaffer was buzzing with his squad’s performance. The Spanish boss praised his lads for their rock-solid defence as they clung onto a golden clean sheet.

“It was a thrilling game, a really tough match, a very demanding opponent but I think we competed really well. Defensively, I think we were outstanding. We had to go and put them under pressure higher up the pitch,” he beamed. When they are that good that they get you in this low block, it’s very difficult to get out of that, they drop a lot of players and I think we prevented the spaces really well and that’s the difficulty.”

“It’s the first time they haven’t scored at home in three years, so that’s the outstanding team that they are. And then the downside is that we had some big situations to score, and we didn’t make the most out of them and the next step is with the ball to have much more composure, especially in the first phase to attack better.” “It’s extremely difficult to do that but that tells you the commitment of every player, the discipline that they showed and how they compete. One thing is to play a football match and the other is to compete [in] it.

Against this team, we did that today really, really well.” “What do you make of Mourinho’s comments? Sometimes they have six. As a matter of principle.

Then they play in other positions. They play right-back, left-back, they play midfield. But they play with five or six central defenders on the pitch. They feel the need for defensive stability and a defensive compactness.”


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