Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Jose Mourinho went from hero to zero in some quarters this week but for Neil Adams he is the best in the business.
"He goes from being a tactical genius (against Liverpool) to having his methods questioned in midweek. I really don’t know how anyone can question Jose Mourinho for what he has won in his career."
Adams has just embarked on his Premier League coaching career and the Norwich chief admitted it will be a surreal feeling to try and overcome a managerial peer who has won the Champions League twice and league titles in four different countries.
Mourinho’s tactical masterplan halted Liverpool’s charge to a first Premier League crown at Anfield last weekend but he came in for criticism after the Blues’ Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid. Adams has no doubts where he ranks in the pantheon of modern-day managers but the City chief will relish the challenge.
“He is one of the best there has ever been,” he said. “It will be a huge privilege to stand across a technical area from someone of that calibre but for 90 minutes I am not too concerned who is standing next to me but what is happening on the pitch. It just shows you even a manager with his credentials can come in for criticism. He goes from being a tactical genius (against Liverpool) to having his methods questioned in midweek. I really don’t know how anyone can question Jose Mourinho for what he has won in his career. That is the nature of the game. You get a negative result and the finger will be pointed and then you have to answer questions, and that applies to everybody.”
Adams is prepared to emulate Mourinho’s pragmatic approach if that is Norwich’s best chance to stun the title-challengers.
“We know without a shadow of a doubt what we need to produce. We have got to show resolution, 100pc commitment and effort and we have to be well-organised,” he said. “If we nail those three, particularly the first two, you have every chance. If you ‘park a bus’ but it gets you a result then two or three weeks down the line everyone has forgotten about it and the points are on the table. “We have to be able to attack when we can, but we have to expect Chelsea may have long spells with the ball. We can’t go down there hoping, we have to try and make something happen and have something to play for in that last game and the only way we can do that is by going to Stamford Bridge and getting a good result. It has to be about us and how we apply ourselves.”
Adams insists his side can draw inspiration from the way Sunderland frustrated Chelsea last time out in a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t think anybody expected that and that is meant as no disrespect to them. You have to congratulate them on what they did there,” he said. “Any time the underdog prevails you see what underpins such a result. It is the organisation and the general work ethic. If you have got that in place sometimes fortune favours you.”