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The second coming: Mourinho`s return will help Chelsea redeem their lost identity

Last Updated: Monday, June 3, 2013 - 09:08

11 years of Roman Abramovich reign, 9 managers. Names like Luiz Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti have all tried their luck at making Chelsea a force again. Although the latter brought some honours to the Blues during his 2 year period at the club, he was sacked brutally at the end of 2011 for a failure to win trophies. Bottom line is that none of these managers have ever come close to replicating the aura, the zeal left behind by Jose Mourinho.

For many Chelsea fans over the years Mourinho has been nothing less than `God`. Such has been the impact of the Portuguese manager during his three year tenure that not only the fans but the club as well has not been able to get over the success, the squad and most importantly his presence in the dugout. A team briefing that always ended with "we cannot lose", Mourinho instilled a winning mentality in the Chelsea squad.

Taking over a squad left behind by Claudio Ranieri, Mourinho turned the Blues into one of the powerhouses of European football. Although his methods were criticized, blamed for `boring football` and often criticized for his bluntness, Mourinho`s Chelsea was without doubt one of the finest club teams.

On taking over from Claudio Ranieri back in 2004, Mourinho was quick to point out the shortcomings of his predecessor.

First Published: Monday, June 3, 2013 - 09:08

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