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Jose Mourinho faces more competition in second spell

Mourinho faces even more competition in his second spell (©GettyImages)
Mourinho faces even more competition in his second spell (©GettyImages).

As the colourful charismatic figure entered the room photographers began to incessantly capture shots and journalists frantically raced to their seats.

The poised character who everyone's attention was gravitating towards was incumbent Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. 

Numerous questions were routinely asked at the unveiling press conference. "I am the happy one" was the Portuguese reply to a question relating to his infamous opening Chelsea press conference where he proclaimed himself to be a "Special One".

Countless situations with the media have given Mourinho a reserved attitude but the characteristic vitriolic candid arrogance still remains ever present outside the format of an unveiling press conference. 

The players' revolt at Real Madrid has left a tainted stain on the reputation of Mourinho's tightly-knitted man-management skills. The division in the changing rooms at the Santiago Bernabeu is evidence of flaws in the legendary manager's game. 

He returns to the place where he enjoyed an unheralded amount of success, usurping Arsenal's undefeated title winning "Invincibles" in his first season at the helm.

This could be a stay that could see an end to Mourinho's non-committal approach of never staying at the head of a team for more than three years. 

The landscape has visibly changed since the trainer last bid farewell to Chelsea. Familiar rivals remain in Manchester United and Arsenal but a new challenger awaits Mourinho in the blue side of Manchester - a team of hungry challengers who look to reclaim their place atop of England's footballing world.

And then there is the ever-threatening presence of Mourinho's former protégé Andre Villas-Boas, who will be looking to guide Tottenham into the top four at the second attempt.

The Premier League is fortunate to see the return of an iconic manager as arguably the greatest leaves. The first challenge is to shape an undeniably talented squad into a team capable of rivalling the Manchester dominance. 

 

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