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Mourinho Will Return to Chelsea Again – But Not As Chelsea Boss

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Jose Mourinho manager of Inter Milan speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on March 15, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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Luke TaylorCorrespondent IIMarch 17, 2010

So the "Special One" finally returned to Chelsea. Before the game, he said "Mourinho does not lose at Stamford Bridge". And, to the disappointment of Chelsea fans around the globe, he was right.

The master tactician told the world that his Inter Milan side would beat Chelsea. They did. His team selection was perfect, his tactics were spot on, and self belief was, as usual, unwavering.

Jose Mourinho is the perfect combination of arrogance and genius. The self-declared "Special One" proved once again why the title is so fitting as he masterminded the defeat of his former club in their own backyard. Just like Mourinho, I have no doubt that he will return to Chelsea again in the future. But it won't be manager of Chelsea...

Mourinho is the only manager in the world with the attitude, self-belief, and confidence, to replace the man he calls "The Boss". Sir Alex Ferguson.

To replace a manager so great will never be easy, but it does help if you believe you are as great. The job of replacing the most successful manager in English football history would be near impossible. But Mourinho is not just a manager. He is the Special One.

Mourinho is close friends with Ferguson, and displays all the characteristics that Sir Alex's replacement requires.

Over the two legs against Chelsea, he not only displayed his tactical prowess, but also proved his teams can play good football. He has an eye for talent - signing Petr Cech at Chelsea after Ferguson himself had passed on the goalkeeper - and is capable of building a strong rapport with the fans.

Mourinho has all the tools to replace Alex Ferguson. He even has the trophy-laden CV that strongly indicates he could continue Fergie's success. Having repeated his desire to return to English football when "the time is right", Mourinho's "time" may well be following Sir Alex's retirement.

Like Jose said, he will return to Stamford Bridge. Just don't expect it to be with Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's heart is set on something else, and I fully expect him to become the next manager of Manchester United.

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