About 18 months ago some were discussing and contemplating how Jose Mourinho's return to the Stamford Bridge could end up in tatters and remorse for Chelsea, the man, and the fans.
His exit from Real Madrid, and Chelsea's recent faltering, compounded by rumours about Mourinho being snubbed to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at United, and Pep Guardiola's reported refusal of Chelsea position, meant that the grapevine had a gala time about the present and future of the Portuguese.
But Mourinho's magic wand weaved, and Chelsea were sitting strongly in the league and back as Champions League knock out regulars. Dreams fulfilled, conspirators shot.
However, the controversial loss to Sunderland, and two poor games at Crystal Palace and Norwich, meant that the Blues failed to win the title. It also turned into the first season Mourinho went without a trophy since before his time with Porto.
But foundations had been laid. With a squad of misfiring strikers, Chelsea had managed a solid third in the league, and a European last four spot. The Blue flag was soaring again.
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However, the Mourinho's plan had only started. With Chelsea now he intends utter domination.
Sales of favourites Juan Mata and David Luiz caused a stir. Letting go of legends Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to ensure the proper squad balance led to disbelief. But calculated purchases of Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas have paved the way for Chelsea as they climb back to the helm of being one of the strongest in Europe once more.
But how has he changed Chelsea from little horses to near-Invincibles?
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