After almost six years away Jose Mourinho was reinstalled as Chelsea boss last month and whereas before he was outspoken and occasionally overconfident, this time around the ‘Special One’ has decided to bring a much more reserved approach to the role.
The Portuguese has an outstanding record of bringing trophies to any club he coaches and the Blues have been installed at football betting odds of 13/2 with Paddy Power to win two trophies next season. There are three things, though, that he may have to achieve if he is to once again enjoy the huge success he experienced during his first spell in West London.
First up could be inspiring Fernando Torres. Since signing for the Blues in January 2011, ‘El Nino’ has been somewhat of an enigma in a Chelsea shirt and despite scoring some huge goals, has failed to even get close to the consistency that saw him become one of the world’s best strikers.
One of the focal points of Mourinho’s previous Chelsea was the strength of Didier Drogba and although Torres is a different player, he is just as talented and with him now looking set to stay this summer, it could be his time to shine.
Another thing that defines him may be how he deals with the current John Terry situation. The captain is undoubtedly a club legend but injuries mean he no longer demands a place in the side.
With David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic all now looking ahead of the veteran, the manager’s biggest challenge could be the way he chooses to deal with Terry’s huge influence on the dressing room, especially with it unclear how many games he’ll play next term.
Finally and this is important for all the coaches who work for owner Roman Abramovich and that’s winning trophies like the Champions League (Chelsea are currently 12/1 in the Champions League outright betting markets, especially if it’s done in style.
During his previous tenure, Mourinho’s players were criticised for their pragmatism but with the immense amount of attacking talent at his disposal, the 50-year-old may now look to usher in a new era of panache at Stamford Bridge.
All these things won’t guarantee success for the Blues but they could go a long way to helping the ‘Special One’ build the dynasty that he so wants to establish at the club.