Love him or hate him, Jose Mourinho is a man who more often than not produces results.
Having garnered a healthy smattering of honours during his time at numerous clubs, the Special One commands respect from the majority of the footballing world, and even the ones who don't like him can't say he isn't very good at his job.
At Chelsea, Inter Milan and more recently Real Madrid, the man dubbed 'The Special One' has ultimately proved to be a success. His era's are usually marked by trophy laden seasons and high profile victories, and only usually end when his firm character and totalitarian approach becomes too much for those in positions above him to stand.
In fact it's fair to say that may be his only criticism; the fact that it's always comes down to his way or no way at all.
Prior to his second stint at Chelsea, the Blues weren't necessarily cruising as their fans would have liked, but they were by no means in dyer straights.
When Mourinho arrives at a club however, what generally follows is an overhaul of the mantra in place and the promise of change. Whether these changes be deemed right by anyone but Mourinho becomes irrelevant and no matter how big the name, or the adoration from the fans, if a player doesn't suit his ideals, he will leave them out.
What's currently happening at Chelsea, primarily concerning the likes of Juan Mata, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta, won't come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Mourinho's career, and the majority of experts are right in saying that no matter how preposterous it may appear from the outside looking in, it will all eventually slot into the bigger picture.
That being said, the current Chelsea side currently look a far-cry from the all-conquering squad the Special One constructed during his first regime, and contrary to initial predictions of immediate success and grandeur, the Mourinho project II may take a little longer to get off the ground.
The squad that has been used for the fixtures thus far this season do have title winning ability through their abundance of flair and creativity, and one could argue that all the team needed was for a coach to come in who could oversee the jump from unpolished gem to perennial victors. Candidates such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola may have been able to offer such services, but not Mourinho.
As aforementioned, when you hire the two time Champions League winner you are effectively giving complete control to him. For Mourinho it isn't simply sufficient to win, it has to be done in his way, which takes time, preparation and planning.
As such Chelsea may take a while to fully hit top gear this year, and as for the futures of Mata and co., they will only be decided by the man who stands in the dugout- and no amount of abusive signage, fan petitions or board pressure will change that.
Reverting back to an original point, Mourinho more often than not delivers the success his employers are looking for. His methods may be unpractical, his decisions may be bemusing and his selection may seem radical, but it is all part of a bigger picture.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, Mourinho's rigidness means that this campaign may go down in history as one that instigated transition rather than glory.