5 Reasons Why Jose Mourinho Is Perfect for the Chelsea Job
Chelsea may have crashed out of the Champions League in yet another semi-final defeat, but 2013-14 will go down as a season in which the Blues made considerable strides in their bid to become one of the continent's finest again.
Among the many reasons, the return of Jose Mourinho has helped restore their reputation, with the Portuguese bringing back a sense of harmony among the players and supporters at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese suggested this week during a press conference that he was hoping to remain Chelsea manager "forever," and the feeling is mutual among the majority of fans.
But why is Mourinho's relationship with Chelsea so much stronger than at any other club he coached?
Bleacher Report looks at five reasons he is perfect for the Chelsea job.
It's a quality that has gotten Chelsea through too many sticky situations than we care to mention.
The Blues' fighting spirit is in fact the one thing the club hasn't been criticized for this past decade, and it was instilled by Mourinho.
Mourinho's character has rubbed off on his players. When he was first in charge, the Blues looked unbeatable at times, always believing they could salvage victories and success when on the brink of disaster.
Even when he left, that spirit remained and was passed on to newer members of the squad. We need only look at 2012's Champions League success to understand how valuable it has proved.
Now he is back, and Mourinho is doing the same. He refuses to accept defeat without a fight and so too do his players.
It proved a bridge too far against Atletico Madrid this week, yet the Champions League campaign wasn't without examples of Chelsea displaying the one quality that cannot be doubted about Mourinho.
Against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-final, when most teams would have wilted, Chelsea continued to fight until the death to overcome their opponents, with Demba Ba scoring the goal that saw them through in the 87th minute at Stamford Bridge.
Roman Abramovich's fortune has played a big part in Chelsea's success this past decade, but the fighting spirit of Mourinho has been just as valuable.
No One Likes Him, He Doesn't Care
As a manager without a successful playing career behind him, Mourinho shouldn't be so brash and confrontational.
The question is often: Who is he to question the legends of the past?
As a club taken onto greatness by a billionaire owner, Chelsea shouldn't be applauded for the success they have enjoyed this past decade.
Those are often the claims made by Chelsea and Mourinho's many naysayers.
For Blues fans and their managers, it doesn't matter one iota.
In many ways, they are made for each other. A club and manager who have done things perhaps unconventionally but still managed to arrive at the top.
Chelsea were already making a name for themselves in the 98 years before Abramovich arrived on the scene, but the Russian helped them reach a new level entirely.
Mourinho was doing the same before he arrived in west London, but his success with Chelsea did the same for him and increased his profile considerably.
Chelsea and Mourinho are one.
His Philosophy Suits Chelsea
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.
For a club whose recent history has been chequered with tales of dressing-room unrest and player revolts, Mourinho's two stints in west London have never encountered such problems.
He is the boss, and everybody knows it. Not only that, the players adore him.
There isn't a better manager at controlling his players, and considering Chelsea's dressing room contains some of the biggest egos in the game, it's a vital asset to have.
It not only keeps his players in check, but it also breeds team spirit: They are all in it together and are playing for the boss.
Chelsea have seen on too many occasions the damage it can have when a manager lacks the respect of the dressing room.
At Stamford Bridge, there's little concern of that happening for Mourinho.
He Genuinely Adores the Club
We see it often: player kisses the club crest when celebrating a goal only to depart shortly after when offered a bumper contract elsewhere.
Managers are no different, although Mourinho is.
When he returned to Chelsea last summer, claiming this time to be the "Happy One," it was more than a clever soundbite for the world's media to regurgitate throughout the season.
Mourinho was genuinely happy to be back at the club he calls home.
Chelsea is where he feels most comfortable, and after spending a decade traveling Europe, coaching in his native Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, he is back at the place he loves most: Chelsea.
What the Blues need now is some stability in the dugout, and given his love affair with the club, Mourinho is the man to bring it.
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