GUARDIAN – Chelsea’s soft centre exposes defence and José Mourinho knows it | Barney Ronay

Harry Kane and Jon Stead have picked huge holes in José Mourinho’s defence this term and the common denominator is the barely adequate options shielding the back four when Nemanja Matic is absentIn between the millions spent at Chelsea and Real Madrid, José Mourinho has on his CV an alternative history of making talented but unlikely attacking players look like world beaters. His Porto side won a Champions League with Dmitri Alenichev and Carlos Alberto as their cutting edge. At Internazionale one of his proudest achievements was helping the 30‑year‑old – but still prolific – Diego Milito become the attacking spearhead for Europe’s champion club team.Alarmingly for Mourinho, this process appears to have been resurrected in reverse in recent weeks as Chelsea develop an unwanted habit of making opposition strikers look unexpectedly unplayable. Continue reading…