Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he is ready to shake off the criticisms of his playing style and insists his second spell with the Blues will mark the beginning of an attacking approach, like the supporters want.
The west London outfit have been receiving heavy criticism from pundits and fans for their style of play, since Mourinho first took charge in 2004. The likes Guus Hiddink and Roberto Di Matteo, who followed the Portuguese tactician, did not attempt to change the system and often resorted to the heavily detested 'park the bus' approach in big matches.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich and the supporters have been keen on changing the club's football philosophy for years now. However, the likes of Luiz Felipe Scolari and AndreVillas-Boas, who were brought in to introduce an attractive approach, failed to achieve results and the club had to go back to their old style.
Mourinho saw the majority of the Chelsea squad, including new signings Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel, report for pre-season training on Monday. With the club understood to be targeting style and substance in equal measure next season, the manager has stated he can match the expectations.
"I want to make the Chelsea fans happy - by results, by our playing style, by the mentality and the personality of the team. They have to know that we always give everything. I know from my record at Chelsea, also at Inter and Madrid, that I made many decisions that helped my teams," Mourinho pointed out.
"If I gamble with a very risky decision, it can go the wrong way. How many times did I play here with three defenders? I remember against West Ham (in April 2006) we were losing 1-0 and we were playing with 10 men after Maniche got a red card early in the game. I still gambled because I wanted to win with 10 men - and we did win, 4-1," the 50-year-old added.
Chelsea are set to leave for a tour of the Far East later this week, as part of their pre-season preparations.