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Holland Defends Mourinho

While many have criticised the managing style of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, first-team assistant coach Steve Holland has come to his defence saying his he will achieve success at the club.

Holland pointed out that Mourinho is always pushing the players to be better and has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve at the club.

“He (Mourinho) is always pushing, pushing the players to the maximum every day,” said Holland.

“That's evident not just in his teams, but in the individuals he's worked with.

“If you look at Jose's three-year period working with Ronaldo, he's really evolved as an individual. He's not just a talented dribbler and runner with the ball who can score goals.

“He has become a top-level match-winner who wants to run in behind, make runs, threaten the goal.

“I don't think that just happens. That comes with pushing, even if it's the best.

“On a day-to-day basis, he (Mourinho) will be pushing for signs of improvement, working to progress the individual, but ultimately for the benefit of the team.

“He's quite clear in his mind, given the success he's had, what is his recipe for success. I'm quite sure that can be achieved here as well.”

Mourinho has also been heavily scrutinized for leaving Juan Mata on the bench, but Holland explains that the manager is trying to adapt Chelsea’s style of play which will see Mata playing in a wide-right role instead of the play-maker role that Oscar occupies.

“Having to adapt - and Jose has used that phrase - is nothing particularly new here,” added Holland.

“It's another adaptation that is required. Juan has shown in his time here that he's more than capable of doing that. And I'm sure that will be the case this time.”

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