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As Roman Abramovich and Roman Calderon talk about the importance of playing beautiful football and winning at the same time, I wonder whether it is the right philosophy:
I mean do the record books mention who played the best kind of football? History won't talk about the beautiful football that Real Madrid played in the Gallacticos era; the records will only show that it was a trophy less and largely disappointing period in the history of Real Madrid.
I have been a Chelsea fan ever since I first saw Gianfranco Zola and Co. produce some dazzling displays in the Premiership. The team that had Zola, Gianluca Vialli, Tore Andre Flo, Frank Lebeouf, and Marco di Matteo among others played "beautiful football."
But that squad never won the Premiership. While Jose Mourinho's men, the likes of Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Claude Makelele, Ricardo Carvalho, John Terry, and Arjen Robben, will forever be remembered as champions.
For two seasons, Chelsea cruised to the Premiership title. They were simply unstoppable in the league and reached a Champions League semifinal. The 4-3-3 formation enabled Chelsea to have an excellent, almost goal-resistable defensive line, with the two wingers producing some good touches and nice dribbling.
During Mourinho's reign at Chelsea, he showed the world that possession football is the winning formula; it is simply because when a team has the ball, it can score and will never concede.
Surely as a football fan, I will always love to watch beautiful football, but why would a club owner care about the kind of football his team is playing when he is winning trophies?
So, enough about beautiful football, the most beautiful thing in football is winning!