Five priorities for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho has been confirmed as the new Chelsea boss, which means he should already start focusing on his priorities in West London.

It’s the move that all Chelsea fans have been waiting for, the return of the ‘Special One’ and the chance to regain the mantle as the strongest club in English football.

Jose Mourinho will settle back into life at Chelsea quickly but there are some key areas he needs to focus on and sort out before he can start getting his teeth into next season.

Striker

The club needs another striker this summer and there have been plenty of rumours doing the rounds.

If Romelu Lukaku returns from West Brom and isn’t loaned out again then Chelsea will still only have three high profile strikers in their squad (Fernando Torres and Demba Ba included), needing an extra body to come in and complete the pack of forwards.

Lukaku

It’s the issue of Lukaku which could be very intriguing because he’s shown every indication that he wants to become a big success at the club.

The Belgian forward is a very similar player to Didier Drogba, someone Mourinho based his Chelsea side around during his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho has a big decision to make over whether to keep him and use him or whether to send him back out on loan if he’s not thinking about using him regularly next season.

David Luiz

The debate over whether David Luiz is a better centre back or holding midfield player has been going on for months.

The Brazilian was starting to play more of a midfield role under Rafa Benitez but the age of John Terry means Mourinho may push Luiz back into the heart of the Chelsea back four.

Relationships

What Mourinho has experienced at Real Madrid will make him very keen to forge quick but lasting relationships with people at all levels of the club.

He will not want to get into the same position he did last time he was at the club, where he lost the trust of Roman Abramovich which forced the Chelsea owner to sack him.

Relationships means the key individuals at all levels; staff, players and the people currently controlling the club at the very top level.

The Press

Mourinho needs to ensure that he has the support of the press for the majority of his second spell in England.

He’s admitted that various members of the Spanish press hated him during his time at Real Madrid and the exposure the press provides means they have to be a priority.

He doesn’t need to change who he is, he just needs to forge good relationships with important journalists and figures to ensure that he gets a fair crack of the whip when it comes to how he’s perceived.

What do you think should be his biggest priority?

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