When Jose Mourinho was annouced as the new Chelsea boss during the summer, it was heralded by football fans worldwide especially those who hold an admiration for the Portuguese tactician. Chelsea fans were wild with jubilation at the return of their beloved coach who parted ways with the club in controversial circumstances in 2004.
There's no disputing the fact that Jose Mourinho lit up the Premier league during his first spell as Chelsea boss. Mourinho bonded instantly with the Chelsea fans and became a fans favourite. The Chelsea boss was also loved by the English media who courted him all through his spell at Chelsea. He was soon dubbed "The Special one" by the media after one of his press conferences soon after he was appointed for his first stint with Chelsea.
From his trademark celebration style, to his managerial prowess, down to his numerous controversial remarks and innumerable clashes with players and coaches alike, Mourinho lit up the Premier league with his presence, finesse and swag.
The Portuguese redefined the rivalry that existed among the top four teams and took it to a higher plane. Mou was also a master in the act of playing mind games to apparently destabilize opponent teams.
During his first season at Chelsea Mourinho guided the London club to their first League Cup title. Chelsea also secured their first top-flight domestic title in 50 years, setting a string of English football records in the process, including the most points ever achieved in the Premier league (95), and the fewest goals conceded (15).
The only trophy to elude Mourinho during his first reign at Chelsea was the UEFA Champions League.
After his exit from Chelsea then by "mutual consent," Chelsea had lacked the kind of playing style and dominance that heralded Mourinho's tenure. With his return, Chelsea will be hoping for more consistency from the team and a return to their past glory days.
Although Chelsea have won the Champions' League after Mourinho's exits, their style of play has been anything but convincing. Mourinho's men have already made a statement of intent with their fine display against Hull City Tigers that saw them record a 2-0 victory.
With the commencement of this new season, soccer fans and pundits alike look forward to the drama, intrigue, mind games, tactical meanders, clashes with both coaches, players and even referees and of course beautiful pieces of football that characterize Jose Mourinho's teams.
We hope to see the gossip columns filled with stories ranging from Mourinho's gimmicks to his classic piece of coaching prowess and most of all some fire works emanating from Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
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