José Mourinho has done it all. He's won the league of four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain) and has two Champions League trophies to his name (for Porto and Inter).

He is the self-proclaimed 'Special One' (though he likes to be called the 'Happy One' these days'). But recently, there have been people questioning his credentials after a not-so-special start to Chelsea's campaign. 

Chelsea have one only one away game this season, that being the win at Norwich thanks to two late goals courtesy of Eden Hazard and Willian on his Premier League debut, and were beaten by Basel at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League. This raised a few eyebrows to say the least and many people, mostly fans of other clubs, said that he's lost his magic. 

Chelsea are currently sitting third in the Barclays Premier League, just two point adrift of Liverpool and Arsenal above them. To me, that isn't the characteristic of a manager who's 'lost it', especially this early into the new season. 

Chelsea are a team in transition, with the core of the team predominantly young players. Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marco van Ginkel, André Schürrle, Willian, Juan Mata, César Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Thibaut Courtois (currently on loan) and so on are all young or relatively young players with bucket loads of talent, not to mention Chelsea's talent-laden youth academy.

Even with these young players not fully accustomed to the physical rigours of the Premier League, they are sitting in third which is in front of anther team in transition, Manchester United.

Going back to the events of the Super Cup final, Chelsea outplayed Bayern Munich for long periods of the match. Even when Chelsea were down to 10 men with a chunk of normal time to play, they didn't sit too deep as they did against the same opposition in the Champions League final of 2012. They were so impressive that they even went ahead in extra-time through Eden Hazard. Though they went on to lose the match on penalties, they were clearly the better of the two sides. Munich, with all the talent at their disposal, could not outplay Chelsea. That isn't to say that they have a team inferior to Chelsea's, because clearly their team is the best in the world. They were outplayed by Chelsea because of only one reason: tactics. Tactics masterminded by the 'Special One' himself. 

Manchester City, who arguably have the best squad in the Premier League, were severely out-classed by Pep Guardiola's side in the Champions League group stage this year.

This further proves that José knows exactly what he's doing and shouldn't, not for one second, be taken for granted. Save your judgement for the end of the season.

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