To many Chelsea fans, Jose Mourinho is a God who has taken the form of a mortal; to the rest of us, he is simply a well-dressed, slightly annoying and possibly even overrated manager.
He surpassed all expectations at FC Porto, and during his first spell at Chelsea, before impressing with Inter Milan by joining the elite group of managers to have won the Champions League with two different clubs.
Although he tasted success with Real Madrid, he only won La Liga once in three years, and failed to deliver the coveted tenth Champions League title that the Spanish club so desperately crave. Many will look on his time at the club back with indifference.
Now, just a few weeks into his second tenure as Chelsea manager, things aren’t exactly going to plan either.
He lost his first competitive game against old foe Pep Guardiola, before losing to Everton and Basel within a week; certainly not the start he or Chelsea fans would have hoped for.
His blatant exclusion of fans’ favourite Juan Mata has raised a few eyebrows amongst the club and its fans.
So has Mourinho lost the tactical nuance that delivered such staggering success in the early stages of his career? Has he become over-reliant on his reputation and his carefully cultivated persona?
There’s no doubt that smooth talking Portuguese coach is still one of the most coveted managers in the world, but maybe, just maybe, the cracks are beginning to show in his policies and tactics.
How will he fare if he endures a trophy-less first season back at helm of Chelsea? Will he be given a stay of execution by Roman Abramovich because of his status at the club? Only time will tell.
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