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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes Jose Mourinho will have been left “kicking himself” with some of Chelsea’s results against struggling sides that looks to have derailed the Blues’ Premier League title chances.
Mourinho labelled West Ham’s approach as “football from the 19th-century” following a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January, with Chelsea also dropping points at Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
The Chelsea manager then saw his proud unbeaten home Premier League record ended in what was a controversial defeat by bottom club Sunderland last weekend to leave the Blues five points behind leaders Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield.
Mourinho could well decide to park the proverbial bus in an attempt take something against the Reds, a tactic which Allardyce has “no problems with whatsoever” as a means to an end.
“When you play against a big club and get a result, opposing managers have to find an excuse for being beaten by a team that has got fewer resources than them,” said Allardyce, whose side head to West Brom on Saturday looking to secure top-flight status.
“He was just a frustrated man who we were able to get a point against in the end.
“Since then he has lost his own home record to Sunderland which he will be very disappointed about because really at the end of the day Chelsea in terms of winning the Premier League would have been nearly already clinched had they not drawn with us, lost to Sunderland, lost to Crystal Palace and lost to Aston Villa.
“I don’t know Jose that well, but I know what he is like and he will have been kicking himself that he has not won the Premier League on those results.
“It is probably a bit more acceptable if the top four have all beaten you, but when you have lost to those teams it is one he would not have expected.
“But that is the Premier League across the board today, it has coughed up and turned out so many unexpected results which sat in our position it is not very nice but, from an entertainment point of view, it has been out of this world, which is why we get so many people watching it around the globe.”
West Ham were booed off by sections of their own support after beating Hull last month, which perplexed Allardyce and saw him cup his ear to the stands in disbelief as he left the pitch.
Whether or not Allardyce’s side may be playing in the traditional West Ham mould has no impact on the former Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle manager, who has always got the best out of what players were available.
“You can only change by the team you get. Style of play is just a label everyone uses against me,” he said.
“No matter what style I play I am never going to get rid of it because the style of play I have is not like that, just like the style of play I had at Bolton is not like that when they said it was.
“When the tag is laid down, the tag is laid down, you just can’t get rid of it so you just ignore it and get on with it.
“I play football to win. I use the team in the right way, to win as many football matches as we can.”
Allardyce added: “We try to entertain, particularly at home by playing attacking football and winning.
“Everybody knows if they see a good performance it is relatively okay if you do not win, but if they don’t see a good performance and a result, everyone expresses their disapproval.
“If I allow that to affect me, I might as well pack my bags and walk away because you can’t let that sort of thing affect what you are responsible for, the players, what the club is responsible for and what the club needs to move on and get better and better.”