What Should Be Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho's New Year's Resolutions?
We're barely into 2014, but in all likelihood, many of us have already broken our new year's resolutions.
From cutting back on luxuries to shifting the holiday weight, resolutions are made with the best of intentions but rarely seen through to the bitter end.
More often than not, the aim is for improvement, though, so with that in mind, what would Jose Mourinho's be?
After all, the Chelsea manager has many things he could put right at Stamford Bridge right now, such as getting a better return from his strikers for a start.
Attempting to enter the mind of the Special One, Bleacher Report ponders some of the new year's resolutions he may have set himself.
Drop the Tracksuit Manager Look
It really doesn't suit him, does it?
When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea this season we wanted to see antics more akin to the Special One. Enough of the Normal One, please.
And when we see him on the sidelines, it's suave suits and iconic overcoats that complete the Mourinho appeal, not tracksuits.
Who cares if we see the Chelsea boss ruining a pair of polyester of tracksuit bottoms when performing one of his trademark sliding celebrations? It's the expensive Armani suits that do it.
Mourinho donned this outfit for Chelsea's Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal in October. He hasn't done so since, hopefully recognizing his fashion faux pas.
Resolution No. 1: Thou shall resist all temptation in becoming a tracksuit manager.
Find a Solution to the Ongoing Juan Mata Debacle
It can't end this way, can it? Surely not.
After a glorious two years at Chelsea, however, it seems the time on Juan Mata's Blues career could be up.
Rumors are rife he could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain, with Simon Johnson of The Independent suggesting a £30 million bid could tempt Chelsea in to offloading the midfielder.
It would be very tragic if it happened, but how did we get here exactly?
From winning back-to-back Player of the Year awards, Mata this season has been a shadow of the player Chelsea fans have adored since his arrival from Valencia in 2011.
The Spaniard isn't impacting games like he has done and the zip from his performances have disappeared altogether, with a lack of playing time taking it's toll.
Something isn't right between him and Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, and it must be addressed.
Selling Mata cannot be an option, though. Mourinho is too good a manager not to get the best out of a player who has been nothing short of a class act.
Allowing him to leave would severely weaken this Chelsea team.
Resolution No. 2: Drop the Mata agenda and get him playing his best once more
Add a Bit of Controversy, It's Been Too Quiet
Other than a spat with West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson—allegedly calling him a "Mickey Mouse defender," according to The Guardian—has Jose Mourinho been involved in any other controversy this season?
It's been fairly quiet by the Special One's standards, and right now there's too much talk of football going on in press conferences.
Where's all the drama?
OK, it's probably a good thing Chelsea are making headlines for the right reasons these days, but come on, admit it, you miss the shenanigans from the tunnel, the mind games with his fellow managers and spats with match officials.
It's all part of the Mourinho package, and watching him play his various roles within the media and on the touchline is just as intriguing as the tactical battles his team encounter on the pitch.
Resolution No. 3: Drop the Happy One facade and bring back the Special One
Sign a Defensive Midfielder
Back to the serious stuff of football, Chelsea are in desperate need adding a defensive midfielder to their ranks.
They've tried a number of combinations in the double pivot this season, with the most successful partnership seemingly Ramires and Frank Lampard.
Outside of that pair, there are few options. Michael Essien is a shadow of the player who made a name for himself in his early Chelsea career, and John Obi Mikel has had enough to opportunities to lay claim to a permanent position in the holding role. Never quite convincing.
David Luiz impressed against Liverpool over Christmas, although it's clear that Mourinho doesn't see the Brazilian as a permanent solution.
The Telegraph reports Essien is reportedly looking for a transfer away from Stamford Bridge this January to boost his World Cup opportunities with Ghana. If that's the case, the Blues could do a lot worse than finding a more talented replacement.
Chelsea's strikers have been making the headlines of late, meaning the focus has switched away from other important areas.
More than anything, a world-class defensive midfielder would bring some much-need solidity to the team at a vital stage in the season and this team's development.
Resolution No. 4: Strengthen the areas of the squad that actually need it
Bring Back the Sliding Knees Celebration
There have been some eye-catching goal celebrations from Jose Mourinho this season.
In contrast to what we have seen from him in the past, however, first pumps and bulging neck veins in fits of passion do not exactly cut it.
We were given a treat in October when the Portuguese leapt into the crowd to celebrate with his son after victory over Manchester City, but it's the sliding celebration of old that we're waiting for.
It's the iconic Mourinho celebration. One full of arrogance, drama and release.
Perhaps it's been too early in the campaign—there hasn't been enough riding on the games to warrant such drama. With the latter stages of the Champions League coming soon and the FA Cup back this weekend, we not have to wait much longer.
Resolution No. 5: Add some more drama to goal celebrations
Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes
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