Chelsea have reappointed the “Special One” as Jose Mourinho was unveiled the clubs new manager today on a four-year contract. This will be the Portuguese’s second venture into the Chelsea dugout having previously managed the club between 2004 and 2007.
Having won the UEFA Champions League in 2004 with Porto, Mourinho moved to Stamford Bridge with high optimism, and declared himself the “Special One” at his first press conference as the manager of the Blues. Mourniho won his first game in charge as his side beat Manchester United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho won five major trophies in his first tenure, including two league titles in his first two seasons at the helm, with the best win percentage of premier league matches to date (71%). He also managed to win two league cups and a community shield before getting the sack in 2007 after a falling out with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Before his reappointment, he was the longest serving boss under the Russian since he took over the club.
Since his sacking, Jose Mourinho has won the Italian and Spanish domestic titles with Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively. He also won the Champions League again with Inter in 2010. However the Portuguese wasn’t happy in Madrid and wanted to return to where he was loved- which in his mind is Chelsea and Inter.
In order to be a success once again at Chelsea- he must win trophies. His main target will be to regain the Premier League and snatch back the dominance that the two Manchester clubs have in England. The two previous seasons, Chelsea haven’t had a sniff in the title race as the two Manchester clubs ran away with the league. It will be down to Mourinho to bring back domestic success to the Bridge.
His other main aim will be to bring the Champions League back to Chelsea, and win it for a third time as a manager (and a first time with Chelsea). This was the one trophy that eluded the previous Mourinho era at Chelsea. However, this resurgence of German football, the big money spending PSG and obviously the teams from Spain and Italy will make the competition even harder to win- which only makes it better for the neutrals.
Many say never go back…. Let’s see how Mourinho: Part 2 plays out, and if the success comes like it did first time around.