These two are Mourinho's new Drogba and Makelele, says Carragher

Didier Drogba

Jamie Carragher has drawn comparisons with Chelsea's current team and Jose Mourinho's previous squad, which dominated English football.

Jamie Carragher says that he sees similarities between some of the members of Chelsea’s current squad and one of the great Jose Mourinho teams of yesteryear.

The former player-turned pundit believes that the Blues’ new summer signing, Diego Costa, can be the next Didier Drogba whilst Nemanja Matic is like the team’s Claude Makelele.

The Chelsea side which Carragher is talking about were famed for their pace, power and discipline and those are the exact strengths which the former Liverpool defender sees in the current Chelsea team.

“Look at his last team,” Carragher urged. “Now Costa is his Drogba and Matic is even bigger than Makelele.

“He has two big centre-backs in John Terry and Gary Cahill. You’ve got Filipe Luis coming in, you’ve got Ivanovic... there are four or five.

“He likes size and power and he knows what’s needed to win the Premier League.”

It is some compliment given that their Chelsea predessors were a dominant force in English football.

In his last spell at the club, between 2004 and 2007, Mourinho won the Premier League twice, the League Cup twice and the FA Cup in what was an era of dominance from the Blues.

It looks as if they could be set for a similar time now, too, given their quality this season and their performance last night.

Chelsea may face tougher tests than playing against Burnley this season, but the way they took apart the Premier League newboys with pace and precision was superb.

One player who Carragher hasn’t mentioned, who shone last night, is Cesc Fabregas.

The Spaniard slotted into the Chelsea team with consummate ease and was the heartbeat of their side – demanding possession and disturbing it with such elegance that it was a pleasure to watch.

That, it could be argued, is one of the strengths that Chelsea possess now that the old Mourinho side didn’t, too. For all their brilliance and ability to dominant games, they were not as aesthetically pleasing to watch as the current crop of Blues stars – with Fabregas joined by the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar in a brilliantly creative unit.

Chelsea have already made a statement that they are the rightful favourites for the Premier League title and if Carragher is right that they now have the new Drogba and the new Makelele in their team, then it is hard to see anyone stopping them.

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