Ex-Chelsea chief Ruud Gullit has his doubts as to whether Chelsea can be successful under Jose Mourinho, as reported by the Metro.
Mourinho enjoyed spectacular success in his first spell with the Stamford Bridge outfit, leading the Blues to a clutch of trophies between 2004 and 2007, winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup.
Having secured an emotional return to the west London club over the summer, Mourinho was tasked by owner Roman Abramovich to bring back the glory days, but former Chelsea boss Gullit isn't convinced that Mourinho is the man to do it.
"I have my doubts," he said. "Not because of his quality, I have my doubts that you can go to a team a second time and that you can do the same things.
"If he proves me wrong that will be an unbelievable achievement because I don’t often see success in a second spell happening."
Chelsea got back to winning ways and climbed to the top of the Premier League table this weekend, albeit briefly, beating west London rivals Fulham 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
And speaking after the game, Mourinho couldn't resist taking a swipe at Gullit following the win.
"Ruud Gullit is a different pundit because he was also a manager," Mourinho said. "I think he shouldn’t be a very proud manager for what he did in the last three years."
But Gullit, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 1997, said: "That’s good, he needs to protect his players and that is what he does.
"I don’t take offence to it, the fact that he took the time to speak shows that we were spot on and he wanted to put it straight, in his way, to protect his players."
Gullit did say however that he was worried a little of Chelsea’s adventure was being taken away.
"Everybody has difficult results, the only thing I want to see at Chelsea is a little more fun in their game," he added.
"The style is pragmatic just now but they have the players that can play and I would like to see that a little bit more."
Chelsea travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday, where they face an in-form Spurs side who sit second behind north London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League table.
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