‘Chelsea will be ruthless next season, and manager Jose Mourinho will make them so’. That’s the message coming from the Blues camp.
Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge last summer was supposed to usher in a new era for the London club. Indeed, Chelsea did start the season strongly and were in the hunt for the Premier League title and Champions League success until the final weeks of the campaign.
However, the former English champions had to settle for third place in the league and also failed to progress beyond the semi-finals of the Champions League. The 2013-14 season turned out to be a trophy-less campaign for the Blues.
Throughout the season, Mourinho lamented the lack of a world-class striker in his team and often deployed defensive tactics to negate the effect of their inability to score goals. However, Chelsea were also guilty of not stepping up their game against the lesser teams and dropped points against sides they shouldn’t have (for example, Crystal Palace and Sunderland).
Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has now insisted that next season the Blues will not make the same mistakes after Mourinho made it clear to them that he does not want to finish third again.
‘The manager hates to finish second or third, like we have just done’, The Mirror quotes the Germany international as saying. ‘He hates it... For sure, he will not finish third again. That’s what I like about him. It is all about winning’.
Mourinho is regarded as a manager who wants to win all the time. Style does not matter to him as long as his team is picking up points and victories.
The 2014-15 Premier League season promises to be very competitive. Manchester City will be the favourites, while Liverpool will look to maintain their progress. Manchester United will bounce back, Arsenal will remain in the mix and perhaps even Tottenham Hotspur will also give it a go. Chelsea will not find it easy, but then again, Mourinho always relishes a challenge.