By K’Onyango Dennis
Mourinho is known for his attention to detail when preparing for big matches. I would like to use the Arsenal match for illustration. From the onset, I wish to state that I was cheering Arsenal and got disappointed. I was cheering Arsenal because I don’t like Pep Guardiola for reasons that I reserve for another day.
Arsenal played so well in the first half, especially the first fifteen minutes, they could have led by some two goals had they taken their chances. It was little wonder that they won a penalty. That is the point my observation begins:
If Wenger were a Mourinho, he would have known that Mesut Ozil was a childhood friend of Manuel Neur. He would therefore not take the penalty. The fact that they are friends may not matter but Mourinho would not take chances with him. Attentio to small details. As a friend who knows you so well, they are most likely familiar with your weaknesses and could exploit them to their advantage. Manuel Nuer might have done that to Ozil.
Number two, by now it should be clear to all that Ozil is a very lethargic character. It was an easy decision for Ancellotti to offload him, rather than the comparatively less talented Angel di Maria from Madrid. Ozil’s shot lacked power. An easy save for Neur. I am convinced that if Ozil had converted the penalty, the game would have most likely ended differently.
Number two, if Wenger were Mourinho, he would have analysed the Bayern players so well, he would have known that Arjen Robben would make a meal of any slight contact in the penalty area. Pundits agree that it was a penalty but not a red card. I agree that if Jerome Boateng’s was a yellow card, Scesney’s should have also been just another yellow card. However Robben is Robben and is capable of turning a yellow card into a red card. Mourinho would have known that and prepared for it. Attention to small details.
The red card changed the course of the game. Chelsea has played a man down before, for longer. Flash back 2012 at the Nou Camp when Terry was given marching orders. A red card need not be a death penalty. But again, Mourinho is Mourinho and Wenger is Wenger. Poleni!