Crucial Third Season For Jose

There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho is one of the top managers in the game at the present time, if not one of the best of all-time; even so, this will be a crucial season for him at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea manager, now in his second spell at the club, was shown the exit during his first spell as his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich deteriorated: such cracks are starting to show again. Mourinho has never spent more than three seasons in charge of any of the clubs he has been at. There is no doubt that Mourinho will bring you success but I think you can guarantee that he won’t stick around for long. Mourinho’s objective is the team, with little regard for the club as a whole: how it is run, the youth set up, and so forth.

Mourinho is a man who likes to be in total control of the club he is managing, which clashes with owner Abramovich who is loath to relinquish a slither of control.

Not Happy At Sale Of Cech

I think Mourinho knows that he had to let Cech leave the club, having not used him in starting eleven last season. Cech had been a regular at Chelsea ever since joining from Rennes at the start of the 2004/05 season. Last season Mourinho decided to play young Belgium Courtois between the sticks, leaving Cech sat on the bench all season.

There were a number of clubs said to be interested in taking Cech from Chelsea this summer. Paris St Germain and Manchester United were rumoured to be interested in him. While Arsenal were always the front-runners once it became clear that Cech didn’t want to leave London, as his family are happy in the city. It has been reported that his move to Arsenal was forced by Abramovich as Mourinho didn’t want to sell one his players to a rival. This is said to have angered Mourinho; could the owner once again be taking control away from him?

Shaky Start To The Season

Chelsea played five games in pre-season and failed to emerge victorious in all encounters. From their first-team squad last season, they have lost Cech, Drogba and Felipe Luis. They have replaced Cech with Asmir Begovic from Stoke, while the departure of Felipe Luis has left Chelsea short in the left-back area. They have brought Falcao in on loan, with Mourinho determined to prove that he is not the player we saw at Manchester United. If this is the case, why didn’t he sign him on a permanent deal?

The opening day of the season saw Chelsea hosting Swansea City where they struggled in the game despite twice going ahead; Swansea proved resilient and salvaged a 2-2 draw, taking a point back to The Liberty Stadium. The game saw Chelsea keeper Courtois being sent-off and conceding a penalty, allowing Swansea to draw level for the second time.

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