Jose Mourinho has admitted that he and Roman Abramovich had disagreements over certain ideas during his first stint as Chelsea boss, though no such problems have arisen since his return.
As relayed by Sky Sports, the Special One offered a hint as to what the cause of the breakdown in relationship between himself and the uber rich Russian was, claiming that there was interferences on a professional level.
Mourinho's Chelsea affair
Mourinho left Stamford Bridge amidst rumours of a bust-up with Abramovich back in 2007, after leading Chelsea to two Premier League titles.
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The Special One then returned after stints abroad with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and his second spell in west London has been every bit as awe-inspiring as the first.
Speaking candidly on his relationship with Chelsea’s owner, Mourinho made it clear that there was no chance history repeating itself - at least not at this moment in time.
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Mourinho and Abramovich
"In my first period, my personal relationship [with Abramovich] was very good [but] professionally we had some interferences and a bit of a disagreement with some ideas," he told Sky Sports News.
"In this moment we don't have this problem. When I left Real Madrid to come here, Mr Abramovich asked me to fight for titles.
"In my first season we were almost there, in my second season we did it and in my third season if you are close, you can always do it."
In truth, the ease with which Chelsea reclaimed the Premier League title last season will have certainly bought him time with which to develop a dynasty he can call his own.
If the first term back in England was his period in which to tinker, then the second marked the realisation of his ambitions, and what’s to come might well be more of the same.
Small changes made
Indeed only minor adjustments have been made to the squad that finished last season on 87 points, having lost just three games.
Mourinho has added Asmir Begovic to replace Petr Cech, who completed a somewhat controversial switch across London to Arsenal, whilst Radamel Falcao also arrived on a season-long loan.
It’s likely Abramovich will have to back his manager with more funds before the transfer window is out, but from the outside looking in it appears Mourinho is happy that his squad is largely strong enough to compete on all fronts once more.
The only position the Portuguese coach might look to strengthen in the coming weeks is that of the left-back berth, with Filipe Luis’ return to Atletico Madrid having left him short.
FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman is the man most commonly associated with filling the void, although Tottenham’s Danny Rose and Galatasaray’s Alex Telles have also been mentioned as possibilities.
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