With the Premier League gathering more talent every season, Jose Mourinho may find it hard to get the ball rolling on his Chelsea return.
Mourinho - the man dubbed as "The Special One" or, more recently, "The Happy One" - had a very successful first stint with London side Chelsea when he joined in June 2004, winning various trophies on the way and creating such stars as Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast.
Mourinho then left the club in 2007 after a supposed fall out with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
With teams constantly gathering strength in the Premier League, with fresh homegrown and foreign talent, the question I ask is this: Will the competition be too much for the "Special One"?
He didn't exactly have an excellent time with this season's La Liga runners-up, Real Madrid.
Some have even dubbed his tenure at the club as a failure, leading to some thinking maybe the Portuguese manager has lost his touch.
His fall-out with goalkeeper Iker Casillas was also a hugely unpopular move by the manager.
Real Madrid's performances in the Champions League didn't really amount to much, either. He did, however, manage to win such honours as the Copa del Rey, in which his side was knocked out in the quarter-finals the year after.
In some people's opinion, La Liga isn't as difficult a league as the English Premier League, with the only real contenders for the title being Real Madrid, Barcelona, and possibly Atletico Madrid, meaning if Mourinho can't hack it with a top team in Spain, how does he plan to be a threat in a harder league?
Chelsea may have the talent with players such as Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, and David Luiz, but does the manager himself have the ability to get the best out of the players, and convert the effort of the players into points for the league table?
Chelsea will undoubtedly finish in a high place in the table, but I do think a league title is unreachable, with competition as fierce as the two Manchester sides.
Mourinho may need to change his approach to achieve success this season, and if he doesn't achieve the high expectations of Abramovich, the trend of Chelsea sackings could continue on with Mourinho rather quickly.
Do you think Mourinho will hit the ground running, or crumble in his first season? Please leave a comment with your opinion.
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