There are signs that Jose Mourinho has already brought the feel good factor back to Stamford Bridge.
At times last season it seemed like there was a new story every week about something to do with squad discontent, something Rafael Benitez had said or general unrest among the fans which created a very negative feeling around Stamford Bridge.
When Mourinho was announced as the club’s new manager, there would have been some smiles breaking out but a little scepticism over how Mourinho may handle any squad divisions and disunity.
Only a few of the current Chelsea squad had that experience of working with Mourinho the first time he was at the club so there was always going to be a slight worry over how those ‘new’ players would find life under Mourinho.
It doesn’t seem as though that’s going to be a problem in any way, shape or form heading into the new season which laves Chelsea fans to focus on the benefits of what a feel good factor could do for the club.
“He comes across as very calm when he speaks to us, He's a good person. He loves his players and is someone who can make the difference, for sure. We have a real chance this year. But, with a top manager in place, our chances are even greater,” said Eden Hazard.
That’s very significant because it gives the impression that Mourinho is very keen to look after his players and nurture them through whichever stage of their careers they may be going through.
I certainly wouldn’t have helped last season when so many sections of supporters were calling for Benitez’s head before and during his very brief spell at the club.
The players who never got on with Rafa would have seen that as an opportunity to pile more pressure on top of the Spaniard with the mentality ‘he could be out sooner rather than later’.
That’s not an issue with Mourinho because the vast majority of Chelsea fans still love the Portuguese from his first successful spell at the club, which ended abruptly.
What Mourinho has done so well is give everyone at the club a lift. He’s spoken to each first team player and has told them what he expects of them from the coming season.
That guarantees that there won’t be any confused younger players, there won’t be any discontent coming from players who don’t want to be at the club and that the old and experienced stars will be used in moderation.
Chelsea’s squad will come together as the Confederations Cup representatives return and if Mourinho adds a superstar signing to the squad, the expectation and positive feeling is just going to go through the roof.
Is the feel good factor back at Chelsea?