Pining for the glory days of the past is always dangerous, but with a strong squad and one of the world’s best managers in situ, pine away Chelsea fans. After spending the last few years big-heading his way around Europe, the Special One is back and it feels right. Like watching re-runs of Rolf’s Cartoon Club, there’s a certain comfort to it, but at the same time it has the potential to make you feel slightly uncomfortable.
On the face of it, the signs are promising, but there are some differences this time around. While the first coming of Jose Mourinho was based on a young manager’s hunger to prove himself at the top level, the second coming features a man who seems to be less bothered about putting up with other people’s crap. If Roman starts playing Championship Manager with his club once again, Jose is unlikely to tolerate it for very long. The Portuguese manager seems more prone to a hissy fit these days than he was back then and although he spoke fondly about his nostalgic notions of England when abroad, he might find the British media are less fawning this time around. He’s good enough, the squad are good enough, but are the Blues guaranteed to get harmony within the camp?
Overly optimistic pre-season tweet:
Less optimistic Christmas-time tweet:
Bitterly disappointed end of season tweet: