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Barcelona didn't become the club the world has celebrated so much in recent times overnight.
It didn't happen that way for Bayern Munich, either.
Those clubs and many more before them had to sweat blood to reach the level they have, and if Chelsea are to one day be celebrated with such affection, it's going to take time and effort.
Mourinho has outlined his vision for Chelsea: The Blues want to win in style, but it's going to be a gradual process.
In his one season back at Chelsea, he has developed the team considerably. At times, they have looked strong, and at others, they have looked a complete contrast to what we expect, but gradually, the improvement has been there.
With the recent victory over Liverpool in mind, some will say it's on the contrary, yet we need only look to the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal and other comprehensive victories this term that outline Chelsea's development.
Mourinho's philosophy is a pragmatic one, and as his team evolves, failure won't come as a consequence. He'll win in style at times, ugly at others.
There are plenty of managers who have used transition as an excuse for not lifting trophies and league titles in the past.
Mourinho may use such terms fleetingly, yet we need only look at what the Blues have achieved this year. They're still in the title race with two games remaining and again were the last English team to be eliminated in Europe.
Transition, evolution—call it what you will—Mourinho will always find a way to give his team a chance for success.