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The expectations from Jose Mourinho's returning season at Chelsea

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In a press conference that was overshadowed by the mere image of a 50-year-old perching himself on the Chelsea manager's conference desk at the unveiling of his return to a club he once, or twice rather, lead to glory.

There he was; Jose Mourinho, back at the helm, the 'Special One' coming back from his travels to reinvent his animals which poached on the less powerful of the Premier League.

However, beyond all the familiar smiles, cheeky winks and warming tendency to respond to the media members putting forth questions by their names rather than glancing at a grain in the wood of the table, we saw the new Chelsea manager give off two concepts which may well hint at what his aspirations are for his first year in charge.

Mourinho has mentioned on countless occasions that he has a youthful squad on his hands, and will be working towards harnessing their potential in a dynamic and work-rate which will carry energy, alongside a silky pass-and-move approach.

The second point - one which will make reporters across the globe shriek at - it seems Mourinho is finally ready to not divert media attention towards himself rather than the team he is coaching.

At first glance, a manager catching the eye of the media seems both peculiar and irregular, but in hindsight this was one of Mourinho's biggest strengths.

Everyone wants to observe, read and write about a young manager coming from seemingly nowhere and ending up on the biggest of stages - and Mourinho looked to have identified that; whenever his team would produce a drab display, the man who guided Porto to the Champions League title would come out with a statement he knew would get his team's poor performance out of the papers, subsequently avoiding any added pressure on his team to perform. But, it seems those days are behind this new-look Mourinho - even if it had worked so well in the past.

Some sections of the Stamford Bridge faithful were left mortified that their burly Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, scorer of 17 goals in 20 starts for West Bromwich Albion last season, would be again loaned out to gain more experience.

The Blues hierarchy allowed the 20-year-old to leave for another season mainly due to the signing of veteran striker, Samuel Eto'o, who was one of Mourinho's many favourites throughout his managerial career.

The decision seems to have left a bad taste in the mouths of Chelsea fans who expected a quiet deadline day, but if anyone does know what they are doing; it's Jose Mourinho.

It's believed that Mourinho's ability to dictate how the club acted in the transfer market played a huge role in his return to west London, therefore it is highly likely that a squad decision such as that, was made by the manager, and for that reason I - maybe rather optimistically - predict this choice will prove right, let us not forget that this is a decision potentially made by the man who has two points records in two countries (England and Spain) and lead Inter Milan to a treble.

Looking past all the established characters Chelsea already obtain in their star-studded squad, it seems this will be a season - for once - that will be of rebuilding. The thought of the former Chelsea hero returning sent shivers of excitement across Blues fans as anticipation of another league title added to his collection grew, but in contrast, is a title really what Chelsea need?

It appears that legends Frank Lampard and possibly Ashley Cole are embarking on their final season with Mourinho's side, so if the Blues don't succeed in winning a trophy of some sort, calls of contract extensions may eclipse the solid performances made by youngsters vying to implement a positive impression upon the viewing public in their fledgling careers.

Mourinho repeatedly stressed that this is a young squad, so it is unlikely to he will set his target in his first season as acquiring the title, but instead a strong cup-run and win to give his young squad a taste of victory before they may feast on the banquet which is the Premier League title.

It seems a Chelsea manager is finally here for the long-term, and it looks like Mourinho will be the right man to lead Chelsea forward in this new journey.

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