Jose Mourinho described his last season in charge at Real Madrid as the ‘worst of his career’, as the Portuguese coach failed in his final attempt to win the Champions League for the Spanish side, as well as losing out on the La Liga title to arch-rivals Barcelona.
The 50-year-old had previously won the pinnacle of European trophies at both Inter Milan and Porto, becoming one of only four managers to have accomplished the impressive achievement.
On arrival in Spain, much was made about the prospect of Mourinho becoming the only boss to have won the competition with a trio clubs, however things didn’t exactly go to plan for the current Chelsea manager.
Los Blancos made the semi-finals of the top European tournament in each of the three seasons Mourinho was in charge, however they fell just short of the final as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund overcame the side from the Bernabeu in successive years.
With the well-respected tactician now back at Stamford Bridge for his second period in charge, he now has a chance to make up for his recent failure, where a Champions League success would be a third straight European trophy for the London side and also secure Mourinho’s place in the history books.
Although he finds himself in that small group of managers to have achieved European success with two teams, Mourinho will feel disappointed that he’s not been able to add to that, with a total of five semi-final defeats under his belt if you include the two failures during his first stint at Chelsea.
Liverpool denied Chelsea a place in the Champions League final in both 2005 and two years later in 2007, however with the Anfield club no longer posing a threat in European competition, Mourinho will be looking to secure his third success and make up for the disappointment he suffered in Spain.
The majority of the 2012 Chelsea squad, that won the competition for the first time in the club’s history, remain in place at the Bridge and with the addition of fans favourite Mourinho, the ‘Blues’ have every chance of stealing the show this year, as their mix of experience and youth creates an attractive balance that can trouble Europe’s elite.
The former Porto boss can put the nightmares of Madrid behind him, with success at Chelsea this year.
The opportunity is there, now the ‘Special One’ must take his chance and seize it.
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