Jose Mourinho has revealed it was a dangerous decision for him to return for a second spell as Chelsea manager.
The Portuguese boss returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013 after six years away from the club, and admits there were a number of circumstances that could have worked against him upon his return to London.
The Special One had no problems picking up silverware on his return to Chelsea, winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup, but Mourinho insists he had reservations about a return to his former stomping ground.
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As per the Evening Standard, he said:"[It] was dangerous for many reasons, the first reason is, the old saying don’t go back where we were happy before. Why?... To risk the prestige and the passion that you got so in that respect was a difficult situation….
"And the second reason was because the Chelsea top team finished and no more Essien, Makalele, Lampard, Ashley Cole, Drogba, all these guys.
“And the third reason is the evolution of the Premier League in the sense, of in this moment, even if you want to win the league you risk to finish out of top four so I think yes risky.”
CHELSEA CAN'T AFFORD TO DROP POINTS
Life as Chelsea has not started as well this season following an outstanding 2014-15 season. The dropped points at home to Swansea City have been coupled with a very public fallout between Mourinho and Eva Carneiro.
The Blues will be hoping their football can do the talking when they travel to Manchester City on Sunday. More drop points could send the alarm bells ringing just two games into the new season.
A defeat at at the Etihad would see the champions five points behind City and playing catch-up from the off. While it would not signal the end to Chelsea's season, it would certainly leave them with a job on their hands.
Manchester City looked imperious in their dismantling of West Brom, helped somewhat by the home sides naive tactics, and Chelsea will have to be at their best to take anything back to North London.
But if there was one manager who could get the best out of his squad for huge game, it has to be Jose Mourinho.