Blue is certainly the colour. Not red, not white, nor sky blue or burgundy. I am talking royal Blue.
With the start of the 2013/14 season looming, will we see a change in the tide? Will the Premier League crown stay up north, riding the Sir Alex Ferguson wave, or will it crash down south and land on London’s shores?
With managers moving at each of the top three clubs a doorway has opened and no one can say for sure what will happen; but in my eyes the best of these managerial manoeuvres came down south, to the Bluest of London clubs.
With the return of the “Special One” Chelsea FC have turned a corner. A few years ago it was thought impossible. The constant swing of the owners axe had left the club in a precarious position. Not only had Chelsea become a laughing stock, but they were in serious danger of alienating all managers and players alike.
There is no doubt that Mr Abramovich’s financial injection secured and steadied the club, putting it firmly on the global stage. No one can dispute that his ruthless removal of coaches and often ridiculous purchases have brought huge success; nine major trophies, including the converted and incredibly elusive footballing Holy Grail – the Champions League (11 if you include two Community Shields)
Not bad for a ten year tenure, but how long could it continue? Manchester United is respected throughout the world for its managerial longevity – it’s rare and beautiful. Perhaps now that’s what Abramovich wants; a legacy that outlives us all, riddled with glory and fame, as respected and old as the Manchester outfit?
So Abramovich swallowed his pride and bankrolled the return of arguably the best manager in the history of Chelsea FC. Jose Mourinho. He was special, not only because of the success he had with the Blues, but because of what he brought to the game, to English football.
Love him or loathe him, there was something that sparked and fizzed when Mourinho entered the technical area. His masterful control of tactics, people and the media made him a legend and not just in the eyes of the hard-core Shed End supporters. That’s why for me, Chelsea pose the greatest threat to the Premier League crown.
The fabled, prodigal son has come home. Gone is the huge ego, replaced by a softer, greyer character, where sense and sensibility deftly cloud the passion and fire that bubble away underneath. There is no doubt in my mind, that hidden behind the bronzed and suave veneer lays the dangerous tactician and ruthless negotiator that we all know.
The Special One has come back to inherit an incredible pool of players, youthful skill and sublime talent mixed with legendary experience and old school grit. All they need now is a striker that scores goals and with the return of Belgium international Romelu Lukaku, plus the potential for further signings, things are looking up.
If there were ever a time for Chelsea to flex their muscles it would be now – 2013/14 is looking like a very blue season to me.
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