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Chelsea: Best XI under Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho is now in his second spell at Chelsea - but who makes the cut for the best team during his two stints?

Goalkeeper: It's not really a tough decision, is it? Rivalling Petr Cech, we have current Doncaster goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, Hilario and Carlo Cudicini. Thibaut Courtois doesn't count because Mourinho has never played him.

Cech has been the most consistent of Premier League goalkeepers since 2004, and is the only option here.

Right-back: This is slightly tougher. The options are Branislav Ivanovic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Paulo Ferreira. Whilst Ferreira was something of a regular under Mourinho, every other manager at the Bridge refused to consider him. Ivanovic has been wonderful this season in that position but is mainly a centre back, and Azpilicueta has been used at left back under Mourinho. Its a tough one, but Ivanovic wins this one.

Left-back: Asier Del Horno, Wayne Bridge and Ashley Cole are the options here. Del Horno did not last long at Chelsea and is most remembered for his red card against Barcelona in 2006. Wayne Bridge was used sparingly under Mourinho and in his second season, rarely appeared. Yet "The Special One" does not seem to fancy Ashley Cole too much. But still, he is no doubt better than the other two, so Cole gets a place.

Centre-backs: John Terry has to be one pick, it's not even worth debating. But who joins him? Current partner Gary Cahill is a good shout. He has been mightily impressive next to JT this season and the pair have defended astoutly to put Chelsea top of the league. But then there is David Luiz, although he has failed to remove Cahill from his position.

And in Mourinho's earlier reign, we have William Gallas and Ricardo Carvalho. Purely because he was so good in his first season, Carvalho joins Terry in the squad.

Midfield: Frank Lampard picks himself, such is his tremendous commitment to the side and to Mourinho. And looking at Chelsea's current central midfield, his partners could be John Obi-Mikel or Ramires.

But they are not a patch on Claude Makelele. Makelele was a rock in his time under Mourinho, and his defensive position was even dubbed "the Makelele" role such was his dominance and impact on a game. The pair were tremendous next to each other, and having the Frenchman in the middle would get the best out of Lampard too. Michael Essien of 2005/06 comes a close second. 

Out wide and we have plenty of options. Arjen Robben and Joe Cole were both tremendous in their time under Mourinho, and even Damien Duff surpassed expectations. Nowadays, he has the world beater, Eden Hazard, whilst Oscar can also play a wide role if needed. The first definiite choice is Hazard, who has set the Premier League alight this season, drawing comparisons with Lionel Messi thanks to his goalscoring exploits and his remarkably quick footwork. Joining him is Arjen Robben, who was a huge hit at the Bridge and has gone onto bigger and better things with first Real Madrid, and now Bayern Munich. 

Strikers: One of the league' best ever strikers, Didier Drogba was a Chelsea hero for the eight years he was at the club. He struck 32 goals in Mourinho's first two seasons in charge, and led Chelsea to back to back titles.

His tremendous ability especially highlighted how poor £30m man Andriy Shevchenko was. Contenders to join him up top are few and far between, with the best option most probably Eidur Gudjohnsen, who made 93 appearances during the 2004-05 and 05-06 season. But Joe Cole could also fit in behind, and he was extremely popular, so for me, he fills the final place. 

Team: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Carvalho, A.Cole; Makelele, Lampard, Robben, Hazard, J Cole, Drogba.

Bench: Cudicini, Ferreira, Cahill, Essien, Oscar, Duff, Gudjohnsen.


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