Diego Costa has reportedly passed his Chelsea medical and Blues supporters will
be hoping the striker can demonstrate a similar goal return to ex-Blues favourite Didier Drogba.
The new addition at Stamford Bridge will please Jose Mourinho, who repeatedly accused his strikers of not being quite good enough last season. It will also put pressure on the Portuguese manager to bring success back to West London.
Yes, last season was a transition with new young talent such as Willian and Andre Schurrle entering the fray. But a lot of Chelsea’s fixtures highlighted the same rigid defensive approach Mourinho utilised so successfully during his previous spell in charge.
This season, the expectations will increase significantly. With Eden Hazard pledging his future to the club and the likely introduction of Costa, a plentiful supply of goals and creative football is demanded.
Over the last decade, Chelsea have achieved outstanding trophy success. With a cup absent from last season’s efforts, this year Mourinho needs a cup final victory or the Premier League title. Not just because of the quality squad he has to choose from, but also to keep his job.
Mourinho is a quality manager who deserves all the praise he receives. But his return to England so far has left many questioning his style of play and attitude. He accused West Ham manager Sam Allardyce of playing "19th century football" in a previous game between the clubs, despite using similarly negative tactics consistently in matches.
Mourinho has also lost a lot of people's respect as he has been subject to FA charges of
improper conduct since his return. The most notable was when he sarcastically praised referees for their supposed influence in the title race.
What does next season hold for Chelsea? From the fans point of view, they expect more goals and a trophy. Mourinho is a God to the Blues fans so if he maintains his unattractive tactics and still gets results, their opinion of their manager will not be distorted.
Mourinho labelled Arsene Wenger as a “specialist in failure”. The Gunners finished just three points behind Chelsea in the league and lifted the FA Cup. It’s time for Mourinho to stop discussing referees and disrespecting fellow managers and let his results do the talking.
Because if he has a similar season to the last, he will undoubtedly be facing the sack.
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