Scolari wasn’t a happy chap after our game against Fulham yesterday. In fact, he seems unhappier after every passing game lately, so what’s his take on it this time?
Well, having seen us concede not one, but two goals from set-pieces, the Chelsea boss says “we lost two points today. We made two mistakes with our marking and conceded two goals. I think they had one more chance – we had 10 chances and scored two goals. We have been very good with corner kicks and free-kicks this season but not today. Before the game every player knows who to mark. After the first goal we tried to make sure it didn’t happen again but we made another mistake.”
I don’t think there’s any doubt about it, we wouldn’t have seen that sort of defending for set-pieces in Mourinho’s era, so what’s going on? Well, for a start, as I pointed out in an earlier article the fact that Scolari doesn’t seem to believe in having a man on the post is something he needs to rethink if he doesn’t want mistakes repeated.
Whether or not he’ll consider his own tactics though is another matter because, in spite of yet another disappointing and costly result, Scolari suggests “the championship is not finished today. It will be finished in the last two or three games. It is normal in England. The Premier League is difficult.”
And he’s yet to find out that games like yesterday’s make it harder still.