Jose Mourinho, of all people, should know that Roman Abramovich is not known for his patience.
Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the Blues ended acrimoniously after a ‘poor’ run of one defeat and two draws. Of course, there was far more going on behind the scenes between Mourinho and Abramovich than people realised. When things got tough, it all came down to a clash of personalities; they both wanted it their own way.
However, the very fact that the Portuguese has been reappointed as Chelsea boss indicates that the relationship between him and Chelsea’s owner has at least been relatively well patched up.
Yet despite their renewed relationship, yesterday’s defeat to Basel does not bode well for Mourinho. As has already been made clear, failure is not tolerated for long at Stamford Bridge. Ten managers in ten years has, unbelievably, proven to be successful for Chelsea. There is no reason why Abramovich will not fire the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ for a second time.
Perhaps what is most worrying is that underperformance in the Champions League is really what Abramovich cannot stand. Last season’s dismal exit at the group stage was probably just about all the Russian could stomach, especially after their phenomenal victory over Bayern Munich in the previous year’s final.
Schalke are the other team in Chelsea’s group that may cause problems for them. If they can lose to Basel, they can most certainly lose to Schalke.
Mourinho knows that he must not let team results slide any further; especially as Chelsea lost to Everton last Saturday. The baffling decision to yet again leave Juan Mata out of the starting line up is surely something that cannot continue.
Chris Waddle, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live said: "I can’t believe Mata can’t get into the team because he’s the man who can open doors.
It seems that Chelsea’s player of the season is not someone who is liked by Mourinho. Who knows, it might be personal. It looks as though Mourinho is trying to build a team without Mata in it, and it is proving difficult.
The most glaring issue is that Chelsea’s strikers are not scoring goals. Samuel Eto’o is clearly not the player that he used to be and Demba Ba proved totally ineffective last night, whilst Fernando Torres didn’t even get a place on the bench.
After Romelu Lukaku’s brilliant season at West Brom, it seems incredible that he has been loaned out again this season. He is the sort of powerful player who could have made a difference last night.
If he is not careful, Jose Mourinho may find himself becoming the first man to be sacked, reappointed, and sacked again by the trigger-happy Russian Oligarch. Not so special now eh?
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