By Josh Powell | Premier League betting
Jose Mourinho upset as many people as he could as he left Real Madrid but now he has returned to a place where he is loved. Mourinho is back at the Bridge and has his eyes set on bringing the Premier League crown back to London, and there might be just one man capable of stopping him if you follow the history books.
The Special One had a win record of 67 per cent at Chelsea, the highest in their history if you take out interim managers Gus Hiddink and Ray Wilkins. He won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup during his successful spell in England.
Seven of the current crop of Premier League managers have faced Mourinho before and all bar one have yet to record a win against The Special One in the Premier League*. A lot changes in six years, apart from in Arsenal’s trophy cabinet, but Mourinho’s dominance is clear when you look at his record against other Premier League managers.
*For the purposes of this Roberto Martinez is treated as the Everton manager and Manuel Pellegrini as the Manchester City gaffer. They look like pretty much done deals.
Arsene Wenger – 0%
Wenger faced Jose six times in the Premier League with Arsenal and fared better than most despite not picking up three points. The two sides played out four draws in six games and usually featured in low-scoring affairs. Five of the six head-to-heads had less than 2.5 goals and Arsenal managed just four goals against the Blues.
Martin Jol – 17%
The only current Premier League manager to have defeated Jose Mourinho in the Premier League. Jol’s victory came on November 5 2006 as manager of Tottenham. Aaron Lennon managed to stop running into defender’s shins long enough to get the winner in a 2-1 victory. Of the other five meetings Jol lost four and drew one while he was at White Hart Lane.
Steve Bruce – 0%
Incredibly, despite managing Birmingham at the time, Bruce didn’t have the worst record against the Special One. In four games he picked up two draws and conceded just four goals. Unfortunately his side scored just once against Chelsea, a goal from Walter Pandiani in a 1-1 draw in 2005. Pandiani is currently plying his trade in the third level of Spanish football which sounds like utter tripe.
David Moyes – 0%
David Moyes will arguably be Mourinho’s biggest challenger now that he has jumped from Everton to Manchester United. His record against Jose does not bode well for United fans as in six games during Mourinho’s three-year spell, Moyes lost four and drew two. The man who is trying to fill Fergie’s boots wasn’t able to keep one clean sheet against Mourinho and the Special One has the upper hand going in to the new season.
Alan Pardew – 0%
It will surprise nobody, but Alan Pardew has the worst Premier League record against Mourinho in this little experiment. He lost all four Premier League matches he faced against Jose’s Chelsea when he was manager of West Ham and Charlton. Pardew was on the end of 3-1 and 4-1 thumpings, conceding nine goals in all and bagging just two.
Mark Hughes – 14%
The new Stoke manager won’t look forward to meeting Chelsea this season, but he does have three points to his name against the Special One. Hughes had seven games against Mourinho when he was in charge of Blackburn, losing five of them, drawing one and winning one. A memorable 0-0 in September 2007, the last league game before Mourinho jumped ship. Hughes managed just three goals against Chelsea in seven games, conceding 15 and generally getting spanked quite easily.
Sam Allardyce – 0%
‘Big Sam’ might have been the chief of some dubious talent at Bolton Wanderers between 2004-2007 but he still managed to take two draws off Mourinho in six games. We know who the real Special One is. That does unfortunately brush over the game in October 2005 when Bolton were 1-0 up at half-time and then got battered 5-1 at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho’s side scored four goals in nine minutes on that occasion.
Mourinho has nothing to fear heading back to the Premier League, bar Roman Abramovich’s revolving door and Fernando Torres’ mood swings. In total he has a 67 per cent win rate against current Premier League managers he has faced in the league before and has lost just one of 39 games.
13 managers are stepping up to the plate to face The Special One in the Premier League for the first time as he takes over his new-look Chelsea side. Will Mourinho’s league dominance continue or can a few more managers pull a ‘Martin Jol’ at Stamford Bridge?