While Jose Mourinho’s antics might inspire you to believe that the Portuguese wild cat brilliantly takes attention off his team and onto himself, his successor at Stamford Bridge goes one better to actually take the attention off Chelsea FC itself.
Yes, how smartly Avram Grant has pressed the OFF switch to ensure that the media hovers more around Arsene Wenger’s explosively-talented Arsenal, Manchester United’s ruthlessly efficient squad and Liverpool’s hierarchical problems.
What we all must learn from Grant is that you can even win matches without creating a fuss about them. Mourinho did everything he could to bring attention to Chelsea and turn them into a permanent member of the Big Four. But that cost him eventually. When defeats and poor performances piled up and with Mourinho also not treating the fans and his Russian owner to the kind of satiating football that they desire, he had to eventually depart. Grant stays on. He has been handed a
four-year contract by the club. And that despite defeats at fierce rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.
Mourinho would have all but ensured that his team do not return empty-handed from Old Trafford or the Emirates, if not by his football and tactics then by his off-pitch ramblings and antics. Grant just cant do that. But his team and fans aren’t complaining either. Grant’s silence has worked hard to ensure that Chelsea win with efficiency when they do win games. He doesn’t scream, shout, abuse, ramble and doesn’t even pioneer win-at-all-costs. Chelsea’s ambition is to win the Champions League and Grant might actually do that, as silently as he has won all his matches.
In short, he has tamed Chelsea to focus completely on football and not to induldge in managerial star wars and useless mind games.
Mourinho is the only Special One we know. And that is largely due to the fact that the crown was self-proclaimed. Grant isn’t even seeking such a title. But we may well be advised to give it to him if he does win Chelsea the Champions League.