Chelsea have become early favourites to win the Premier League title next season after former boss Jose Mourinho confirmed he would be re-joining the club later this week.
Mourinho, who managed the Blues between 2004 and 2007, left Real Madrid following a disappointing season on Sunday and immediately told Spanish television his plans for the future:
“I will go to London and between Monday and the end of the week I will be the new coach of Chelsea,” he told Punto Pelota.
The news has already attracted much attention with fans of the Premier League title betting, many of whom are convinced Chelsea now have a boss capable of steering them to success.
Mourinho is hugely respected in the club and world football. His influence will boost the players already at Stamford Bridge and he will likely bring in a name or two to bolster this squad further.
In fact, Mourinho’s arrival could spell the start of a new era of domination at Chelsea, even if the boss again lasts just three years. In 2005 and 2006 the Portuguese won the title with a winning style of football that wasn’t the most eye-catching but did garner results.
During his stints at Inter Milan and real Madrid Mourinho hasn’t changed his tact, concentrating on a solid defence and instructing his players over how to shut down a game when leading. This has earned him two Serie A titles, the Copa Italia, two Liga crowns, a sole Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
His record speaks for itself and he will contest both Manchester United and City for the title next season; for while the two Manchester sides contend with new managers and new systems, it’s back to the tried and tested success formula for Chelsea.