Jose Mourinho: 5 Things Former Chelsea Boss Could Bring to the Bridge

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 24, 2013

Jose Mourinho: 5 Things Former Chelsea Boss Could Bring to the Bridge

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    Jose Mourinho has dropped yet another massive hint that he could return to familiar surroundings, and fans of his former clubs are fraught with anticipation (via The Sun).

    Could it be Chelsea? The Stamford Bridge crowd hope so as they await a return to past formidable appearance and subsequent glories.

    Here are five things Jose Mourinho would restore, should he return to the Bridge.

A Unified Crowd

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    Stamford Bridge is not a happy place.

    Despite Rafa Benitez's claims that the crowd has gotten a lot better, the atmosphere remains exactly the same inside the stadium: hostile toward the hated interim boss.

    The return of Jose Mourinho would at least unify the crowd to another tune of thought—a far more positive one—and intrinsically help performances on the pitch.

Tactical Proficiency

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    Roberto Di Matteo brought a feel-good, underdog factor to Chelsea that formed the basis of a UEFA Champions League win, despite being a very limited tactician.

    Rafa Benitez was supposed to be better in this department—and in particular unlocking Fernando Torres' forgotten potential—but makes baffling decisions at times: Fans want rid of the 4-2-3-1 in favour of a more free-flowing, attacking formation.

    Jose Mourinho is tactically flexible, changing his system depending on the situation and utilising all his players in a way that maximizes their strengths.

    The formation debate would be brought to a close with Jose in town.

Big-Game Mentality

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    Several years ago, Chelsea were always the favourites heading into big, high-profile clashes.

    But the current situation is a far cry from former dominance, and the Blues have lost so many pivotal games this season it makes you wince a little on recounting.

    Opponent Competition Ramifications
    Manchester City Charity Shield Lost final, missed silverware
    Atletico Madrid Super Cup Lost final, missed silverware
    Man Utd EPL Piled pressure on RDM
    Juventus UCL Knocked out of UCL
    Corinthians CWC Lost final, missed silverware
    Swansea LC Lost semifinal, missed final with Bradford City

    Jose Mourinho has a habit of wrapping up these fixtures, and his continuous tussles with Barcelona, Pep Guardiola and that pesky tiki-taka football have allowed him to hone his skills in the tactical reactivity market.

    This season, despite trailing Barca in La Liga, has seen Real Madrid win three Clasicos—an impressive feat.

A Possible End to Managerial Merry-Go-Round

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    Chelsea go through managers like...[insert joke here].

    It's well-established that Roman Abramovich is impatient and remorseless in his hiring and firing, and the case study of Andre Villas-Boas taught us that £13.3 million is all too easy to throw away if you're a Russian oil merchant.

    But the one firing Abramovich does regret is Jose Mourinho, and if the two bury their differences and the latter takes the managerial mantle, you can bet there'll be a change in policy from the owner.

    There's no doubt the ruthless, cutthroat nature of the job at Stamford Bridge has been effective (in trophy hauls), but sometimes you need stability, and Mourinho would bring that in abundance.

A Shoulder to Lean on

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    Jose Mourinho is a lot of fun at press conferences.

    He set the tone with his "Special One" speech in 2004, and ever since he's been quirky, interesting and bold. The British media gobble up every last second of his antics, and from a neutral point of view, a Mourinho return would mean press festivities and celebrations.

    He is a figure that takes the pressure off his team by way of his personality, and at times that's exactly what's needed.