After an unhappy ending at Real Madrid, the Portuguese boss returned to his home from home at Stamford Bridge to a rapturous reception after a frustrating season following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo under Rafael Benitez.
The Blues won the Europa League title but had won the Champions League the previous season under the Italian fans’ favourite but can the back-to-back European title winners make it a third this season.
Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and again with Inter Milan in 2010 but won only domestic honours in Spain and England. His top priority will likely be the reclaiming of the Premier League title, which Chelsea haven’t won since 2009/2010.
The Champions League is, however, the most prestigious club competition in the world and the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ will be fixing his sights on a record-breaking third triumph.
Bob Paisley is the only manager to win the European Cup three times – all with Liverpool in the late seventies and early eighties – but no-one has won the Champions League three times and no-one has done it with three different clubs.
Jupp Heynckes has won twice with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Ottmar Hitzfeld with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, but Mourinho would certainly make himself a special exception in history if he can win it again, this time with Chelsea.
The Blues still have the majority of the same personnel that played in their dramatic Final win over Bayern Munich in 2012, barring Jose Bosingwa, Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba. The also have talented additions in Eden Hazard, Oscar, Victor Moses and new signing this summer Andre Schurrle.
Does Mourinho have the squad and the team to achieve his dream? The likes of captain John Terry and the old guard of Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic, and Frank Lampard are, whilst aging, still stars that shine brightly. The verve and tenacity of youngsters like Hazard and Oscar add dynamism to the side and the returning loan stars Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne will no doubt add flavour to the mix this term.
Fernando Torres and Demba Ba were underwhelming last term but perhaps Mourinho is the man to turn it all around, especially for the £50 million Spaniard – if there’s anyone who could, it would be Mourinho, I suspect – and Juan Mata will likely remain the linchpin in the Blues’ set up.
Chelsea undoubtedly have the capability to win the Champions League again, as does Mourinho himself. Of course, there is a certain degree of luck and fate attached to the Champions League and who knows what’s on the cards this season. One thing’s for sure, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea will be there and there abouts. There's no doubt it would take something very very special for the special one to be there in his native Portugal on May 24th 2014.