Chelsea have swept all before them this season and clinched their first Barclays Premier League title in 5 years. Mourinho’s men have been at the summit from the get go and have been ruthless in their pursuit of the trophy. Rival teams have simply not been able to compete with Chelsea’s consistency and desire to reclaim England’s biggest prize. Chelsea do possess a talented crop of players but the role Jose Mourinho has played is incredible, Mourinho’s a serial winner and after the disappointment of last season he was eager to re-establish his authority on English football.
Chelsea were quick to act in the transfer window and the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa indicated that Mourinho was ready to launch a serious assault on the Premier League trophy. The signing of Fabregas added some much needed creativity and Costa’s physical presence and clinical finishing brought traits that Mourinho’s strikers severely lacked in the previous season.
Chelsea’s fierce rivals have great squads but Chelsea possess the ultimate man manager, Mourinho’s tactical nous and ability to maximize player’s potential is unrivalled. When it comes to the big matches, Mourinho simply doesn’t lose, his attention to detail is unflappable and he injects a self-belief within his crop.
Chelsea currently have a perfect blend of youth and experience, the likes of Cahill, Terry and Ivanovic are the senior heads which embed calmness and leadership. Chelsea also have a host of promising talent brimming within their ranks, Courtois has ousted Petr Cech and will be Mourinho’s number one for the foreseeable future. Matic since re-signing has become one of the side’s integral figures and has conjured up a phenomenal understanding with Cesc Fabregas. Mourinho looks to have unearthed a gem in young Kurt Zouma, Zouma has a big future ahead and the young Frenchman will have no better mentor then club icon John Terry. In Eden Hazard, Chelsea have the best player in the Premier League, Hazard’s consistency this season has been admirable. With Diego Costa being injured and Chelsea not playing the free flowing attacking football which was so apparent in the first half of the season. Hazard in recent months has single handily maintained Chelsea’s charge to the title.
In Mourinho’s first tenure in charge, Roman Abramovich gave the Portuguese man an endless pot of gold to build a star studied line up. However, since returning to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s transfer business has been shrewd. The money generated by selling the likes of David Luiz, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku and Andre Schurrle has enabled Chelsea to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations. Chelsea have become the first team in eight years to win the Premier League while turning over a profit in the transfer market. This season Mourinho has brought in six players for a combined fee of £111.6million with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Kurt Zouma proving instant hits. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has made a net profit of £1.4million in the transfer market this season.
Chelsea in recent weeks have been labelled as ‘Boring Boring Chelsea’, it’s clear that Mourinho’s men entered the latter part of the season with an element of caution. At the start of the season, Chelsea’s form and football was scintillating, Diego Costa was fit and firing and Mourinho was able to call upon the services of the same team week in week out. Cesc Fabregas was at his creative best in the opening 6 months and was at the heart of Chelsea’s attacking play. After getting knocked out to lower league Bradford in the FA Cup and the reoccurrence of Diego Costa’s muscle injuries, Mourinho was forced to adapt his side’s game and become a more robust outfit. Chelsea’s defensive discipline is the best in England and opposing teams have become increasingly frustrated with Chelsea’s compact backline.
Mourinho’s attentions will already turn to building for next season, after sealing a domestic double, Mourinho will want an improvement in the Champions League. The taste of silver ware will make this talented crop hungry to replicate this season’s success. Mourinho finally seems settled at Chelsea and will be targeting domestic domination, he may never repeat the feats of Sir Alex Ferguson but the ‘Special One’s’ place in Premier League folklore is all but sealed.
Chelsea also seem to have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal within their youth ranks. Chelsea’s youth side defeated Manchester City in the Youth Cup Final and managed to defeat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 to clinch the UEFA Youth League and conquer Europe. The likes of Isaiah Brown, Dominic Solanke and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been touted as having big futures ahead of them at Stamford Bridge. With the rigours of Financial Fair Play well reported, Mourinho will be under pressure to implement these young stars into the senior set up.
Mourinho’s Chelsea have laid down the gauntlet, arch rivals will look to bolster their squads in the forthcoming transfer window. Mourinho’s squad doesn’t require much tweaking, an extra striker to provide cover for Diego Costa will be high on the priority list but Mourinho’s jigsaw looks complete. Chelsea will only get stronger and it’s up to the chasing pack to find a resolution to stop Mourinho dominating English football.