Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho feels it is hard to contain Ozil and believes Arsenal FC have the right squad to challenge for the title this season.
Chelsea will travel to face Arsenal at the Emirates and Jose Mourinho will once again go head-to-head with his old foe Arsene Wenger. The Gunners have made a wonderful start to their domestic campaign, but have failed to win their last three matches in all competitions, including defeats against Napoli and Manchester City. They will look to bounce back from those results with a win, as any other result would see them lose their top stop in the points table. Defeats against Manchester United and Manchester City have raised certain questions about their performances in big games, but Jose Mourinho feels that Arsenal have the right squad to challenge for the title this season. Mourinho will also be up against one of his former players – Mesut Ozil – and he was full of praise for the German international ahead of this fixture. The Portuguese manager insisted that his arrival has made a massive difference to this Arsenal team and it will be hard to contain him for the whole ninety minutes.
‘He’s a phenomenal player, he’s one of these players that you buy and you complete the puzzle of your team. You don’t need time, you need nothing, he arrives and you have an empty space waiting for him, his quality, maturity and leadership. You know that automatically your team becomes better.
‘There are players that you buy that you realise you need to work with, adapt or find the best solution to get the best out of them, but Ozil needs nothing. He arrived, Arsene gave him the shirt, immediately he starts playing and immediately the team becomes better.
‘I think I know how to try to stop him being direct influence in the game for 90 minutes, but it’s impossible to stop him for 90 minutes because these kind of players always have a moment, or a couple of moments where you cannot stop them and they end up showing why they are so good.’ – The Chelsea manager said.
He also stressed on how players like Walcott and Ramsey have matured and that Arsene Wenger’s side have been the team to beat so far this season.
‘In my previous time here Walcott was a kid, he’s now a man, these other guys are in the best moments of their careers; Wilshere, Ramsey, Gibbs, they are the perfect age.
‘I’m not saying Mesut transformed the team completely. The manager and club gave these players conditions to have stability for their evolution and now when you buy Giroud, Ozil and others, of course the team becomes much better and ready to be doing what they’re doing, which is fighting for the title.
‘To arrive at Christmas time at the top of the league is a sign they are fighting for the title, they have the squad so they have the conditions to do it.
‘Up until now they are the strongest team, they have more points than anybody else and they have already played Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United, so the Chelsea game will be the last match against the other contenders.’ – Mourinho added.
Mourinho also remained confident about being the right man for the job at Chelsea at the moment.
‘I know why I came back and what kind of job I was asked to do. To prepare this new Chelsea team for a decade, in the same way the other Chelsea team lasted for around a decade, we can’t have a better manager than I am.
‘I think I’m the right person to do the job and a bad result on Monday or Wednesday doesn’t change that perspective.’ – He explained.