Jose Mourinho is back, the man who unceremoniously labelled Arsene Wenger a ‘voyeur’ a few years ago after a wee bit of verbal warfare, is back to his best as Chelsea manager.
'The Special One' has made his presence known to all and not in very savoury terms for some. Never media shy, he is already trying to get under the skin of his rivals.
With him in charge of Chelsea’s reigns, their fans can reasonably expect the Premier League trophy to be ferried to London next year.
Chelsea spent a fair bit of last season as nomads, having seen their League title challenge and their Champions League campaign fizzle out early, although they did win the Europa League.
However, rarely has Mourinho spent a season lost in such anonymous obscurity save for his last with Madrid.
He has the charisma and the whip to bring out the best from faltering players. A certain Diego Lopez rose to displace Iker Casillas, captain of world champions Spain and marshalled his goal in a manner that vindicated Mourinho's faith in him.
Maybe he has what it takes to get the out-of-sorts Fernando Torres running again. Chelsea have missed a striker of Didier Drogba's mould after the striker left for Far East, the problem was to some extent solved by the brilliant nexus of Hazard and Mata in the middle.
However the truth remains that lack of a genuine goal poacher had been the reason they could never break the rusty fetters and climb ahead of the Mancunian pack.
With Lukaku on the team-sheet and the 'Special One' back in the dugout, Chelsea are a decent bet to pry the Manchester grip off the Premier League trophy.
Mourinho’s return has set the media gleefully fluttering with delight. The Premier League has been bitterly deprived of his sassy demeanour after he had unceremoniously left the British shores.
He has already begun his microphone attrition trying to unnerve the reigning champions Manchester United. His pursuit of Wayne Rooney has so far been met with rejection from Old Trafford officials but the truth is that the Champions are irked.
David Moyes has been repeatedly peppered by Rooney queries and it would be best for United to get the mess sorted soon.
Mourinho has also tried to heap pressure on the blue half of Manchester by suggesting their summer spree warrants an emphatic title challenge.
No matter how Chelsea fare during the course of the season, one thing is for certain: Mourinho won’t let it be a vapid affair.
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