Mourinho To Enjoy Successful First Term Back At Bridge
Jose Mourinho has not had things all his own way in his second coming at Chelsea but there were signs before the international break that he was beginning to stamp his authority on his talented squad.
The Blues began life under Mourinho with two victories but then went four games without a win in all competitions, including a Uefa Super Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Bayern Munich. Defeat at Everton meant it was their worst start to a league season since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003.
Chelsea got back on track at home to Fulham and have looked more like a side that will challenge on all fronts since. They showed their steel as they earned a draw at Tottenham and their class in a 4-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League.
Mourinho has every chance of winning silverware in his first season back at Stamford Bridge. He has a wealth of talent at his disposal, a fact highlighted both at Swindon and Norwich.
The Portuguese made 10 changes for the Capital One Cup tie and still put a side out capable of securing a top-four place in the Premier League, while substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian were match-winners at Carrow Road.
That was part of Mourinho's problem in the first month of the season. He had too many options and did not know his best team. Juan Mata coming back into favour suggests he is coming to terms with that.
Mourinho has been as entertaining as ever in his press conferences. Highlights include the Chelsea boss referring to his players as eggs that need nurturing and him storming off after becoming frustrated by questions about Kevin de Bruyne.
Chelsea are 5/2 with BetVictor to win the Premier League. Not only do they have an excellent squad but they have a manager who has been there and done it, unlike Manchester United and rivals City. All signs point to a successful season for the Blues.