After watching the British media chase Jose Mourinho around Central London this morning, it’s like he never left at all.
The 50-year-old Portuguese manager signed a five-year contract at Chelsea yesterday, after leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid. Mourinho was previously in charge at Chelsea from 2004 until 2007.
From Stamford Bridge to the training ground in Cobham, TV outlets had the “Special One’s” movements locked down earlier today. Everyone loves the fact that he is back at Chelsea. Right?
Well, not everyone is 100 percent positive. Many are quoting cliched responses that it is “foolish to return to the same club” and that nothing is the same “the second time around.”
But this is Mourinho were are talking about.
When he was at Chelsea the first time, everything went so spectacularly well. He failed to win the big prize, the Champions League. But apart from that he delivered the club its first English League title in over 50 years and brought plenty of other trophies.
Check the following stats out from the good guys over at Opta, they are truly remarkable and act as a reminder as to why Mourinho loves Chelsea and was quoted as saying on his arrival back to the club, “we are ready to marry again.”
If everyone’s marriage was this successful, surely divorce rates would be falling rapidly… just saying.
Obviously Mourinho’s brashness and persona doesn’t suit everyone. I get that. But in terms of success and getting teams to play for him and win trophies, the man is unrivaled. Winning Champions Leagues at FC Porto and Inter Milan, winning league titles at Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid, and a whole host of other cups, proves that.
Roman Abramovich knows he has a winner on board, and even though Mourinho’s reign came to a sorry end after a 1-1 tie with Rosenborg in the Champions League back in 2007, the Special One’s heart has always remained at the Bridge.
After Rafa Benitez took charge during the second half of last season, cries of “Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho” to the tune of La donna è mobile, would often break out from Chelsea supporters begging for the return of their hero.
They’ve finally got their wish and the EPL will be a brighter place for it. Not to mention Chelsea will almost certainly be one of the favorites to win the title next season. Welcome back Jose, we’ve missed you.