Like him or love him, and most ChelseaChiefs.com readers love him according to last week’s poll, Jose Mourinho left a massive void in the Chelsea dressing room when he departed Stamford Bridge. Roman Abramovich is still chasing that elusive Champions League title, which Mourinho was brought in to win. It’s a shame that Jose won it two years later with a team that was renowned for under-performing against Europe’s elite.
In Jose’s absence, we’ve seen a string of managers. One of which that actually won us the Premier League and the FA Cup in one season. A unique double that’s never been achieved in our 100 year history, not even by Mourinho. However it wasn’t enough, and now we are manager-less after Mourinho’s statistician and prodigy Andre Villas-Boas was fired for failing to control the raging player power that is John Terry, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
The next two months
Looking ahead, in the next two months Mourinho will achieve the near-impossible. He will claim the La Liga title away from the ‘world’s best football team’. How big is that? The Special One himself said,
‘In a cup you can get lucky and win it but to win the league you need to be the best team over 10 months’.
How has he done that whilst competing against a team that has arguably the world’s best ever player?
Surely this will go down as his finest achievement to date, almost making a mockery of claiming two Champions League titles at two different clubs. (I might change that statement if he wins 3 at 3.)
How else did he do it? Because he’s a magician, and Roman needs him back. Roman has proven he is impatient and he always looks for short term results. Although he hired a young manager with eyes on the future, ‘the Project’ has failed miserably. The long-term goal is out the window. Why else would have Villas-Boas, who obviously has could have decades of management ahead of him (crazy to think that) get fired for a poor first 8 months? AVB needed 3 years to clear the old guard, give experience to the young and form a team to dominate for a decade. He’s now sitting on his couch wondering what went wrong.
My suggestion to Roman
Mourinho is a man for the now. He does not build teams. He replaces players who want to leave or retire. Whilst he really has not proven himself astute in the transfer market, he doesn’t have to be as the best players make it known that they want to play for him. So Roman, Jose can come, but Chelsea fans need to realise that we will rarely if ever see young players like MacEachran, De Bruyne (or Paizon, Clifford, Bruma et al) get regular game time. We’ll always be teased for spending big and buying the trophy. But hey, if City is doing it, and we’ve already done it, why can’t we do it again?
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