Mourinho has never been one for lack of ambition and going by his recent comments he is fully committed to making the next 10 years at Stamford Bridge historic.
The Portuguese manager 10-years-ago built a side at Chelsea that went on to have a lot of success and he’s challenged himself to do it again.
When asked to compare his old side with his current team that lead the title race by five points already, he said: ‘’It’s not fair to compare a team that won so much with one that has in this moment won nothing.
‘’We have lots of similar qualities but this team probably has more flair, more art in our game. Obviously, I will give everything for this team to win the same as the other in 10-years-time.
‘’That team won three Premier League titles. Whether I was here for the third is not important, it was Chelsea and they won three titles with basically the same team.
‘’If we can build another team that can win three more titles in the next 10 years that would be a fantastic achievement.
‘’It’s not important that I was not here when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. If we build a new team – the one of the last 10 years isn’t here anymore – able to win against a Champions League, three titles, lots of cups, it doesn’t matter who the manager is, all that matters is Chelsea.’’
Chelsea let go of the experienced Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole in the summer, something which many critics thought was the wrong choice.
Mourinho went about rejuvenating the Chelsea squad with youth and was not scared to let go of the older heads in order to build a new side. However, he did make an exception in order to keep his Captain John Terry.
The Blues manager has certainly built for the long-term, and you only have to look at the likes of Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke in order to see what he and Roman Abramovich are trying to do.
Chelsea’s U21 side did the double last season – winning the Barclays U21 Premier League and FA Youth Cup – and look well placed to have similar success again this time round.
As talented young players go, there are very few clubs in the world that are able to compete with Chelsea and the sort of standard they currently have in their ranks. The Blues are now in a position where they don’t just have one or two young players knocking on the door, but six or seven.
It’s certainly great scenario for Mourinho as he looks to set Chelsea up for the next 10-years.