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Ex-club president compares 'genius' Chelsea boss to legendary coach

With Chelsea off to a flying start, former Inter owner Massimo Moratti discussed Jose Mourinho and how he stacks up to legend Helenio Herrera.

Chelsea’s challenge for the Premier League title fell by the wayside after Jose Mourinho’ return last season, but this time around they’re in pole position.

The Blues are simply the team to beat, having opened up a five-point lead on closest rivals Manchester City in the table after just seven games.

Summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have hit the ground running, with nine goals and seven assists respectively while London rivals Arsenal are the latest victims of Mourinho’s side.

The Portuguese is currently sitting on a two-year trophy drought in his career, which has carried over from his final season at Real Madrid.

But with Chelsea firing on all cylinders at present, one would be hard pressed to say there’s a good chance that streak will be extended to three years come May.

And former Inter president Massimo Moratti, under whom Mourinho won the treble in the 2009-10 campaign, has seen fit to draw parallels with legendary coach Helenio Herrera - the mastermind behind the 'Grande Inter' side of the 1960s.

He told Sport Mediaset: “Herrera played a swift football, where everyone was running and the ball ran especially so.

“Mourinho? I can not say he changed football because he has a different way to deal with the games, he studies the opponent and knows how to change the game as it is needed. Therein lies his amazing ability and why he has won so much.

“His strength was being able to adapt even to a beautiful style of play. The similarity lies in the genius and the fact that they are two great exponents. Moreover, both are bold and famous in their ability to communicate.”

Mourinho is certainly a character that has always divided opinion, both for his perceived negative tactics and controversial methods in addressing his rivals in the media.

One thing that the ex-Inter boss can never been accused of is not getting results, however, even if his last title came in the form of the 2012 Spanish Super Cup.

Chelsea will be hoping to see his trophy cabinet swell once more this season - and the way things are going at Stamford Bridge at the moment, Mourinho and his men look well on their way to making that happen.

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