Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho began his second stint as manager with two losses, but the Blues have enjoyed a recent run of success since then. The Blues are currently on an unbeaten streak spanning five matches. Chelsea FC, backed by the financial support of business tycoon Roman Abramovich, are always considered to be in contention for the Premier League, but have fallen short the last few years.
Mourinho, self-titled as the “Special One”, brought a much needed energy boost to Stamford Bridge. The club has gone through a plethora of managers in the last few years, and a familiar face in Mourinho will help stabilize the locker room. The team is going through a transitional period as many of the players at the club during Mourinho’s original stint as manager are retiring or moving on.
The main challenge for the manager is finding the right mix of experience and youth in the starting lineup. Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, John Terry and Ashley Cole are all integral players past their thirtieth birthday that bring a wealth of experience to the locker room. Oscar, Eden Hazard, and Juan Mata are all extremely talented youngsters that will be the future of the club.
This is where Chelsea has struggled in the past two seasons. There has been no consistency in managing, and the players have had no time to generate team chemistry or buy into one coaching philosophy. It will take time to completely gel as a team, but once Chelsea reach full speed, expect the Blues to be at the top of the tables.
That’s why the next month is so important for the West Londoners. The club has dug early holes in the first half of the season that have been too much to overcome. Chelsea play seven matches in all competitions in twenty-two days, and it is imperative to get positive results. Maximum points in this period will help ease pressure in the second half of the season when the team will be most likely still be competing on three or four fronts.
Seven matches in twenty-two days means that Mourinho will have to utilize a variety of players from his squad in order to keep everyone fresh. He has a great midfield with Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schürrle, and Juan Mata to choose from. The biggest controversy of the young season is Mourinho’s decision to often leave Mata on the bench.
The 25-year-old Mata is considered to be one of the best up-and-coming players in the world, but has not seemed to be a large part of the manager’s plans. The Spaniard has been Chelsea’s Player of the Year for the past two seasons, and he will most likely need to feature in a prominent role if the Blues are to win any silverware this season.
Expect for there to be a few stumbles along the way, but Mourinho will do his best to figure out his new team and return to the top of the table. Two Champions League trophies and league titles in three different countries attest to the manager’s talent and expect for the “Special One” to lead the Blues to a special season.
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