When Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge football supporters up and down the country could be forgiven for thinking that Chelsea's name was all but etched onto the Premier League trophy for this season.

However, the former Real Madrid boss has not had it all his own way so far. If Chelsea are to capture the top trophies this season he needs to find more consistency from his team.

So are there cracks appearing in his management skills?

Previously at Real Madrid,Mourinho was blessed with a hugely talented squad but his side fell short in their Champions League adventures (three semi-finals), finished second to Barcelona on two occasions in La Liga while pipping their main rivals to the title once.

At most clubs this may have been deemed good enough but for Real Madrid it was not. Yes he was faced with a Barcelona side many regard as the best club team in the world but by labelling himself "special" he gave himself a huge obstacle to overcome.

His arrival on the scene at Porto, winning the Champions League, made him an instant hit in management but I get the sense that he is not as invincible anymore.

His return to Chelsea has been clouded by player issues. Juan Mata's exclusion from the team in the early part of the season was controversial, particularly as he was one of the most consistent players the previous season. Perhaps it was good man-management skills from Mourinho but that still remains to be seen.

The decision to loan Lukaku out to Everton, and his subsequent form in front of goal, has led to many eyebrows being raised. The Belgian is a born goalscorer and with Chelsea's strikers struggling to find the back of the net so far this season it seems a very strange decision. Mourinho pointed to the fact that it is different to play for Chelsea than Everton, which may be true, but I believe that if a player can score goals he can score goals anywhere.

Chelsea currently stand in third place in the Premier League after their 3-1 away win at Norwich on Sunday. This was their first away victory at their fourth attempt this season but the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story as Norwich pushed them all the way. Chelsea have had to endure very difficult trips to Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton so far, only scoring one goal in total. Luckily their home record has been its usual reliable self otherwise there would have been criticism heaped on the team similar to that currently endured by Manchester United this season.

Are Chelsea supporters happy with how their season has started?

This season Mourinho faces a challenge for the Premier league crown from more clubs than he is used to. Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and both Manchester clubs believe they can mount a sustained challenge this season.

Mourinho will need to be on his 'A' game all season if he is to recapture the Premier League for his beloved club. It will be a tough challenge for him but I am sure it will be one he will thrive on.

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