The most successful manager in the Blues’ history returns after 6 years abroad with Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
He return to England off the back of a disappointing campaign in La Liga with Ream Madrid where he ultimately become something of a hate figure after disagreements with captain Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos an half the Spanish national team.
I suspect he’ll be looking to shake off the damage done to his reputation during his three years in the Spanish capital. He’ll be looking to reassert himself as the special one – not just in England but across the world.
We all know he’s a bit of a narcissist and undoubtedly a little conceited but his reputation is very important to him – he want to achieve success with Chelsea immediately.
In his first term with the Blues he won the League Cup and the Premier League title which he followed up with another successive league title win the next season. In three years he won six trophies with the Blues and he’ll be looking to outdo himself in his first term the second time around.
However, I suspect he might have learned a thing or two, not only from his tribulations in Spain (and Italy before that) but also from his time at Stamford Bridge the first time around.
He was arrogant and he was bullish in his demeanor – the way he handled the press would have made even Caligula blush and his management style was something of a shock to the Premier League, as well as the Chelsea players.
He’s always had a knack for building strong team belief, commitment and desire in his players. At Inter, everyone in Italy hated him – except his players. They ended up winning the treble in 2009/10 including the Champions League title before he departed for Spain.
In Spain his dramatics and his Machiavellian mischief didn’t go down so well in the end. His tactics were also a point of contention and in the end his management style was too heavy-handed for those sensitive Spanish egos. He wasn’t prepared to massage them and in the end his lack of diplomacy probably cost him his job.
This time around he must curb his enthusiasm for winding up his fellow managers – Roman Abramovich does not want Chelsea’s reputation to be damaged by his re-appointment. He caused so much trouble last time and sparked so much controversy it made him a public relations nightmare and that is not what Chelsea need at this moment in time.
I suspect he’ll have learned from his mistakes in Madrid and, whilst I doubt he’ll bite his tongue completely, I suspect he will be a little more tactful in his approach with the media.
He must also make sure he has the dressing room on side – he achieved that exceptionally well in Milan but he failed in Madrid. He already has strong working relationships with Petr Cech, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien but he’s going to have to really wrap his arms around some of the newer and younger players.
A talent like Juan Mata, Oscar or Eden Hazard could really flourish under Mourinho and he should use his experience with Cristiano Ronaldo to guide them to achieve their potential with Chelsea.
Above all else, Mourinho must ensure he’s in charge this time around – last time the meddling from Ambramovich, and the stirring by the media made his time cumbersome from the offset.
He will have learned from his successes in Italy, his failures in Spain and, ultimately, he has the perfect opportunity to create something truly special with Chelsea.