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Jose Mourinho needs to adapt at Chelsea

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Mourinho needs to adapt to his current squad. (©GettyImages)
Mourinho needs to adapt to his current squad. (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho has inherited a new-look Chelsea that is very different to the side which won back-to-back Premier League titles. The sooner he realises he can't play the way he did in his first stint at Chelsea, the sooner the results will come.

His predecessor, Rafael Benitez, revitalised the use of two players which Mourinho has since shunned since becoming Chelsea manager. Benitez transformed David Luiz into a commanding defensive-midfielder, but Mourinho chose to play the Brazilian at centre-back in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

Benitez also pushed Frank Lampard back to a more defensive position, yet Mourinho chooses to play him in a more attacking position when the ageing midfielder does not have the stamina to keep up with younger models such as Juan Mata and Oscar. Mourinho seems to believe he possesses the same Lampard from his first spell as manager at Chelsea, who scored 13 and 16 goals respectively in Mourinho's two title-winning campaigns as Chelsea manager.

Mourinho also lacks a commanding defensive-midfielder like he had with Claude Makelele. Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Ramires have tried to fill the position Mourinho needs in order to emulate the football Chelsea used to play under him, but, realistically, the only players who can attempt to fill this void would be Lampard or Luiz - if Mourinho plays them in the right position.

Mourinho also needs a strong presence up-front to play the same football that he used to. Demba Ba (if he plays) at his best can be a strong presence in the box, but a lack of appearances under Benitez has affected his performances greatly.

The biggest shock of all was the departure of Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton, who could, in time, fill the position of Didier Drogba at Chelsea. The purchase of Samuel Eto'o has proven to show little effectiveness and the ever changing form of Fernando Torres will probably prove to be an outstanding problem for Mourinho as it was for Benitez.

Mourinho has managed to capture the form of midfield mavericks Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle but still shuns the involvement of last season's Player of the Year Mata. 

The inclusion of John Terry in the Chelsea starting XI against Tottenham proved to be a bit of a shock for English football fans, but his equalising header in the 1-1 game and his recent form is reminiscent of the Terry from Mourinho's first stint.

Nonetheless, Mourinho has managed three wins, two draws and a defeat and currently has them fifth, which, by Chelsea's standards, is not a bad start at all given what his 'friend' Andre Villas-Boas went through at Stamford Bridge.

Although he was defeated in the European Super Cup, the football Chelsea have played has been fairly good but he may need revise who he plays and the style of football he plays if he wants long-term success.

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