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The return of the ‘Special One’ confirmed

Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year-contract with Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year-contract with Chelsea

I must apologise to our readers for the number of articles about Jose Mourinho returning to Chelsea that have appeared on our site recently.

That is the thing about Mourinho he is just so news worthy, that is why the British media love him.

Return

Jose Mourinho has now confirmed the fact that he will return to Stamford Bridge this summer and has signed a four-year deal with the Blues.

The return has been celebrated by the majority of the Stamford Bridge faithful.

The move was not exactly a surprise, but after months of speculation it is now official and everybody can stop speculating.

Poor

By his own high standards, last season with Real Madrid was very poor for Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese boss is not accustomed to coming second or failing, but he has left Real Madrid without winning the trophy the Los Blancos faithful craved most, the Champions League.

Humble

Mourinho has a tendency to be rather arrogant, but in past seasons, he has always had reasons to be arrogant. He has won trophies and claimed glory wherever he has gone. Last season though he failed to win a meaningful trophy.

Real Madrid finished second in La Liga to bitter-rivals Barcelona, lost to city-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey final and also lost in the semi-finals of the Champions League to German side Dortmund. Maybe last season will have a humbling effect on Mourinho.

Knowing Mourinho’s character though it probably will not and he will emerge next season just as confident in his own ability.

Winner

Despite last season’s disappointing campaign, Jose Mourinho is a born-winner. Wherever the Portuguese boss has gone, he has won trophies. The controversial boss has won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge in even more determined mood than ever. He was a major success in his first spell at the club and he could not have timed his return better with all the managerial changes at the top of the Premier League table.

Foundation

I actually believe Chelsea have a better squad now than when the Portuguese boss originally arrived at the club in 2004. Chelsea has the foundations of an outstanding team and showed their potential at times last season.

Chelsea has some of the most exciting attacking players in the Premier League in the likes of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard. The three amigos were superb last season and are only likely to improve courtesy of Premier League experience.

One area of the team that Mourinho will have to address is the striker’s position. To say that British record signing Fernando Torres has flattered to deceive since moving to Chelsea would be a major understatement.

Demba Ba has not quite reproduced the form that made him so deadly in front of goal at Newcastle and is yet to convince the Chelsea fans that he is good enough to be a first choice Chelsea striker. In reality, both strikers could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The other striker that Mourinho will have at his disposal in the new campaign is Belgium youngster Romelu Lukaku, who spent last season on-loan at West Brom. The highly-rated striker found the net 17 times in the top flight last season for the midtable Baggies.

Dubbed the ‘new Drogba’, Lukaku outscored Torres and Ba in the Premier League last season and seems to have all the attributes to be a top striker. Whether Mourinho thinks he is ready to lead the Chelsea line remains to be seen.

No doubt the Portuguese boss will be given plenty of money to spend this summer strengthening his squad and I do not think he will waste much time in doing so. The former-Real Madrid boss may have another striker in mind to lead the Chelsea attack next season.

Box office

Jose Mourinho is box office and his return to Chelsea should be good news for the Premier League. Football seems to lack characters and Mourinho is one of the few remaining big characters in the game.

In typical Jose Mourinho fashion, his timing is impeccable. Next season Chelsea will be genuine title challengers and with the ‘Special One’s’ record it really would not surprise me if the Blues claimed the Premier League crown.

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Tue 4 June, 2013
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