Why Jose Mourinho's Return to Chelsea Will Herald a New Era of Success
2013 marks 10 years since Roman Abramovich turned around the fortunes of Chelsea FC. The club were in dire financial straits before he arrived, and the decade of success that they have since enjoyed was beyond their wildest dreams.
It is also nine years since he first brought Jose Mourinho to Chelsea. Having given incumbent manager Claudio Ranieri a year and an open chequebook, Abramovich looked to the Special One to provide him with the glory that he craved. Mourinho delivered beyond expectation, and a love affair was born.
The passionate relationship was short-lived, and what followed has been well-documented, as the Russian has seen off another seven managers since Mourinho. However, the 10th anniversary of his takeover offers the rare opportunity of a clean slate.
It has been an emotional time for the supporters, from the greatest highs to some crushing lows, but this is a chance to make up for some of the mistakes that have been made. Bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club that loves him most is the best possible situation for all involved, if his words in the Guardian are to be believed.
Including those currently out on loan, Chelsea will have 39 players for 2013-14 with an average age of 23.5 years. Mourinho will also inherit six players that he worked with six years ago, giving him the perfect blend of youth, experience and incredible talent.
Whilst his probable return has prompted a glut of ridiculous transfer rumours, the Special One won't need to splash much cash at all to fine-tune the squad.
The midfield is overloaded with attacking talent, and the emergence of Nathan Ake along with David Luiz in a more advanced role is beginning to stabilise the back. The Blues need another centre-half to work within a rotation system, but with 19-year-old Brazilian Wallace joining the fight for the right-back position, it looks as if Mourinho could create another unbreachable defence.
The most virulent rumours surround strikers and enormous sums of money, but there is a case to be argued that they should look closer to home for their saviour.
Romelu Lukaku scored more Premier League goals on a seasonlong loan at West Bromwich Albion than Fernando Torres has scored in his three years at Chelsea. The towering Belgian is ready to compete with the superstars within the squad, and the Special One is the perfect manager to give him his chance.
There have also been suggestions in the Daily Mail that Thibaut Courtois will be brought back to Stamford Bridge to compete for Petr Cech's position on the teamsheet, and the likes of Nathan Chalobah and Lucas Piazon could join the senior squad.
All things considered, Mourinho has the potential to build an incredible dynasty at Chelsea. Money is not an obstacle; rather it all hinges on whether Abramovich has learnt how to be patient.
The first 10 years of the Roman Empire have been about establishing Chelsea's position on the global stage by any means necessary. Mourinho's return brings the perfect chance to complement their success with the one thing that the club has lacked: stability.
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