Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea has so far been a very mixed one. A couple of good early results were followed up with three straight defeats, and questions over the tactics and team selection of the 'Special One' have been raised.
However, early criticism of Mourinho should be met with joy and not concern in the Blues camp. Mourinho finally seems to working on a long-term project at Chelsea. In the past, the Portuguese tactician has been slated for having immediate success at clubs - but then leaving them in the lurch after two to three years.
This time, at Chelsea, he seems to be heading into a new direction. Mourinho seems to be thinking long-term, and it's something that both him as a manager and his current club need.
The Blues have chopped and changed managers in the Abramovich era, having a lot of success on the way I must add, but they are in need of stability.
And so is there manager. He's been in charge of many top club around Europe but never proven that he can stick it out for a long period of time.
The early indicators suggest it could be different at the west London outfit this time around.
For one, he's changing the philosophy of how Chelsea play - this is something that can't be done over night. He seems to be producing a team that has a mixture of strong work ethic and attacking flair.
And, after some poor results, it's clear to see that the Mourinho/Chelsea project is only just beginning.
He shouldn't be judged just yet in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. He's discussed at length the young crop of stars at his disposal and there's no way he will want to leave before his 'beautiful young eggs' flourish.
He seems ready to nurture these stars - ready to show them belief and make them believe in themselves and the team.
The likes of Willian, Oscar, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel can start a new era under Mourinho. Then there's loanees Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku who will be slowly integrated into the side.
The Special One, this time round, may well outlast Chelsea legends John Terry and Frank Lampard at the club and will prove that he's capable of delivering the goods for the long haul.
The only problem he faces now is getting owner Roman Abramovich on side. If the Russian billionaire is prepared to give the long-term project a go, then Chelsea could be set for a very dominant future.
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