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When you look at the managerial career of Jose Mourinho, history tells you that it's the second season that is the one to watch. Afte...
When you look at the managerial career of Jose Mourinho, history tells you that it's the second season that is the one to watch. After a busy summer at Stamford Bridge, the manager has finally pieced together a squad of players in his image and it serves as a warning to our title rivals. Chelsea are clear favourites for the Premier League title.
As last season's title race heated up, and after Chelsea defeated Manchester City at the Etihad, Jose Mourinho was consistently asked about his teams chances of winning the title in his first season back as manager.
Time and time again he played down our chances, claiming Chelsea were just a "Little Horse" compared to the other teams around us with strikers scoring goals on a regular basis. He would rather emphasise that this season, his second season would be one that we could call ourselves title contenders.
"Next season will be better. Everything is coming to us. I can imagine – more than imagine, believe, really – that we are going to have a really strong team, starting from day one with everybody."
Mourinho was also asked of possible transfer targets at the end of last season and the futures of certain players who's contracts are coming to an end and said:
"After one season, we can analyse in a cold way, look at 12 months, 60 matches."
He did exactly that with the release of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Over the last two transfer windows, Mourinho has sold £140m worth of talent at the club that he deemed as dispensable and has started to re-invest back in January with the signing of Nemanja Matic in particular. It's this summer that Mourinho and the club have set their stall out and once again spent money building a squad in the mould of the manager.
There was a desperate need for a striker who works his socks off up front but who could score goals for fun. In has come Diego Costa - a striker Mourinho admires for exactly that.
Coupled with Didier Drogba, the Chelsea legend returning to give Chelsea a different option up front to open tight games up and Mourinho has good options up front now!
Mourinho had a major issue with the situation at left back last term. Ashley Cole struggled to keep pace with the game and had been beaten easily by Sissokho at Newcastle and Elmahamoudy at Hull and the manager decided enough was enough. In came Cesar Azpiliceuta for the remainder of the season but that always seemed to be a temporary measure.
Filipe Luis the industrious and athletic Brazilian left back has been signed from Atletico Madrid along with Costa and will provide Mourinho with the option down the left hand side to move Azpilicueta back over to the right. Both will provide a balance and options pushed up down either wing to supplement our attacking play.
With the departure of Juan Mata, Chelsea never really seemed to be able to recover when games were being closed out as we looked for someone who could unlock the door with a killer pass and in addition to that, the release of Frank Lampard gave Jose the problem of a lack of goals from midfield.
The fabulous signing of Cesc Fabregas has given us THE ANSWER to both issues. Proven in the Premier League, the Spaniard deemed surplus to requirements at Barcelona and Arsenal has settled into life at Chelsea as if he has been here for years and looks to be a bargain.
Whether he plays deep as part of the midfield two, or pushed up into our number ten position, Fabregas as we all know is someone who scores goals and is someone who can unlock the door with a pass that other people wouldn't even contemplate. (Look out for his link up play and understanding he has with Costa already!)
Mourinho's squad is complete and he looks a happy man he is about to embark on another league season. You add the new players to the likes of Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle etc, and you can see just how strong Chelsea will be!
Many people will scoff at my claims and will point the finger at a biased view but his record is there for all to see. Jose Mourinho's second seasons at clubs have always been his most spectacular, with one exception: his first stint at Chelsea. He can now rectify that.
First season: Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup, Uefa Cup
Second season: Portuguese League, Champions League
First season: Premier League, League Cup
Second season: Premier League
First season: Italian League
Second season: ltalian League, Italian Cup, Champions League
First season: Spanish Cup
Second season: Spanish league
Some people will ask the question whether the manager still has the desire and the hunger for the fight? You only have to look at his reactions at Anfield, the Etihad and Stamford Bridge with victories over our rivals to see that he has.
Now, with his squad, his players and the believe he has in them, Chelsea have been labelled as clear favourites for the Premier League title because Mourinho knows just what it takes to get the job done.
Watch out Arsenal, City, Liverpool and United - this is Jose's second season and he doesn't usually lose!