A tactical genius, king of mind games and a media favourite, there's something about Chelsea's Jose Mourinho that makes him stand out: wherever he goes he wins it all. He won the Champions League with Porto as a very young manager, beating the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson on the way.
The self declared 'Special One' moved to Chelsea and won two consecutive league titles before moving to Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively where he won the treble at the former and helped the latter break the dominance of Barcelona in the Primera Liga.
Ultimately, he moved back to Chelsea for a second spell at the club and enjoyed a fruitful season
winning the league last season and the Capital One. Despite all his geniuses, like all other managers, Jose Mourinho has his weakness. He never delivers in his third season at a club and Saturday's league opener against the Swans was clearly evident.
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Mourinho has his way of working; prove a point then move on to a new challenge. He is not accustomed to longevity like Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and it remains to be seen whether it is a challenge he can beat having signed a new contract extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have not impressed in pre-season with Mourinho branding the games as training’ exercises. However, they went ahead and lost the Community Shield to their arch rivals Arsenal.
Excuses were made that Chelsea had a short pre-season, hence were not fully fit. Their display in the weekend against Swansea didn’t provide any signs of improvement and they were shaky in defence gifting the Swans plenty of chances for a team that boasted the best defence in the league last season. Such a performance against Manchester City, who boast the likes of Kun Aguero, Silva and Raheem Sterling, will not end well for Chelsea.
Apart from Eden Hazard, the rest of the squad lacks sharpness and fitness. Cesc Fabregas waned off at the turn of the year and hasn’t shown any signs of rejuvenation. Some will remember what happened during his time in Barcelona, and the same looks to be on the cards.
Mourinho’s third-season under-achievements seem to be a matter of when and not if. Chelsea’s rivals have strengthened and are more suited to win the league come the end of May next year. Chelsea will be up there causing all sorts of problems, but history is against Mourinho in his attempt to defend the Premier League title.