Carragher: Blues lack creativity

Jamie Carragher
  • By: Jamie Carragher
  • Last Updated: May 1 2014, 11:07 BST

Chelsea's lack of creativity was exposed as they crashed out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid, says Jamie Carragher.

Chelsea: No attacking guile
Chelsea: No attacking guile

The Blues took the lead on Wednesday through Fernando Torres but Adrian levelled before half-time and the visitors went on to win the second leg 3-1 to reach their first European Cup final since 1972, where they will play Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho - who won the competition with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 - has now lost in the last four of the Champions League six times, including twice with Chelsea - to Liverpool in 2005 and 2007.

Former Reds' defender Carragher said 'the Special One's' record at Stamford Bridge is being undermined by a lack of attacking potency.

"Chelsea didn't defend well enough. I thought the first goal would be massive and it turned out that Chelsea got it but that goal before half-time turned out to be the killer blow for them," said Carragher, who won the Champions League with in 2005.

"Jose Mourniho has now lost three Champions League semi-finals with Chelsea - they've only scored two goals in six games.

"You'd think with the attacking talent and the money that has been spent on the Chelsea team - even this season and previously with a lot of big-money signings from Roman Abramovich - to score two goals in six Champions League semi-final games isn't enough.

"We understand he's a great tactician in terms of setting a team up and being difficult to beat but when you have an off night, as they did against Atletico, this Chelsea team doesn't have enough creativity in it.

"Oscar, who was on the bench, still flatters to deceive; I like Hazard, I like Willian. We know that Juan Mata wasn't Jose Mourinho's type of player and he's gone. But they definitely lack creativity off the front and in central midfield to open teams up when the defence has an off night."

With the tie in the balance at 1-1 but Chelsea behind on away goals, Mourinho brought on Samuel Eto'o nine minutes into the second half only for the striker to concede a penalty which Diego Costa converted before Arda Turan sealed the tie with 18 minutes left.

Carragher felt the Blues boss changed his formation and tactics too early and paid the price for opening the game up.

"I just thought it was a little bit early to go two up front and leave yourself with two in midfield," he reflected. "They hadn't dominated possession with the extra man in there but it had been a tight game.

"As soon as they went two up front the game seemed to open up and I just thought the substitution was a little bit too early.

"Mourinho has patience in these big games. They only needed one goal and it was important not to concede another and I just thought that they went a little bit early with that substitution."