Jose Mourinho: The 5 Biggest Changes He'd Make at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho: The 5 Biggest Changes He'd Make at Chelsea
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Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba, shown here at Chelsea back in 2007, share a mutual admiration for each other.

When Hurricane José hit Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, the ensuing winds of speculation were so strong they almost blew down London Bridge as Chelsea fans from Cobham to Pluto visualized life with a new-look Blues team next season after interim manager Rafael Benítez likely heads out the door and on his merry way.

And with a storlyine somewhat reminiscent of a James Bond film—complete with alleged gifts like a Bentley and an expensive watch, disguises, secret meetings and provisional agreements—most Blues fans couldn’t help but be sucked into the gossip muck and hope the rumors The Special One is returning are true.

But wait a minute, brother. As usual, no rumor at Stamford Bridge would be complete without some yang in your yin, celery breath, and Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Southampton at the Stadium of Light provided just that yin, as Chelsea slipped back into fourth place in the English Premier League table while the other six top teams in top seven in the table were all victorious.

Now just two points ahead of fifth-place Arsenal in the standings (55-53), the Blues and their legions of rabid fans suddenly seemed to realize their theoretical harpooning of Moby Dick hit a big snag as if Chelsea doesn’t secure a top-four finish and a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League, Mourinho might not want any part of the current European champions.

But what good is reality, or for that matter fiction, without a little bit of drama?


So who knows what lies on the royal blue horizon, brother—besides more speculation and rumors of course—but if the 50-year-old Portuguese mastermind does decide to return to Chelsea, what should he do to shake things up to try to turn this schizophrenic club around?

Here are five fairly logical things the current Real Madrid manager could do if the rumors end up being true and Mourinho does return to the Blues, whom he managed from 2004 to 2007:

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