Why this league campaign could be Mourinho's worst of his career

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has never finished third in any league with any club he has been in charge of.

The Portuguese coach is the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history, but this season is shaping up to be his least successful league campaign of his managerial career.

The Blues currently sit in second place in the Premier League but would finish third if Manchester City win their games in hand. The Blues now have four games remaining, one of which is against Liverpool, and they currently have 75 points on the board.

Mourinho has never achieved a points tally lower than 82 in any league season across Portugal, Italy, Spain and England, even though the Portuguese Primeira Liga plays four games fewer than the other top tier leagues which play 38 games.

Mourinho began his managerial career at Porto in 2002 and won back-to-back league titles before joining Chelsea for his first spell in 2004.

He also won consecutive league titles in England and came second to Manchester United in 2006/07 before moving to Italy where he won two Serie A titles with Inter Milan. His last job before joining again last summer was at Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga title in his second season in 2011/12.

In his 12 years as a head coach, Mourinho has always finished in first or second place in the league. Even in his final spell at the Bernabeu last term, he finished second on 85 points. The previous season, Real Madrid finished first with 100 points, and in his first season in Spain they finished second with 92 points.

In Serie A, Inter Milan finished first with 82 points in 2009/10 (his lowest points tally to date), they finished first in 2008/09 with 84 points, and first in 2007/08 with 85 points. His previous spell at Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea finished second in 2006/07 with 83 points, first in 2005/06 with 91 points, and first in 2004/05 with 95 points.

In his first managerial role, Porto finished first in 2003/04 on 82 points (four games fewer in the Primeira Liga), and first in 2002/03 on 86 points – Jose Mourinho has never finished in third place yet at any club in any country.

The Blues are currently second but Manchester City have six games left to play to Chelsea’s four games left and it is presently Liverpool’s title to lose.

The Blues will face the Reds this month and that could very well decide the title but if Chelsea lose that game (and win their other three) they would have 84 points. If they fail to win more than one of their last four, it would be Mourinho’s lowest ever points tally to date and if they finish behind the Reds and the Citizens in third, 2013/14 would be Jose Mourinho’s least successful league season in his career.

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