Former Newcastle manager and current Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer believes that Jose Mourinho will guide Chelsea back to the Premier League title this season, according to BBC
The Portuguese is set to take charge of his first Chelsea match in the Premier League since 2007 after returning to Stamford Bridge for a second stint in charge this summer, and the former England international believes the former Real Madrid coach has what it takes to lead the Blues back to the top spot by May.
He said: “Mourinho is box office. He knows what the Premier League is all about, he knows how to win it, he knows what it takes and that is why I would go for Chelsea right now.
“I like the way he operates, he is great for the media and his record speaks for itself, albeit last season at Madrid wasn’t his best.
“But when you have got a record like his you can forgive him an off season. When you talk to players who have been managed by him he has got a wow factor about him.
“He gets the best out of them. Players don’t seem to have a problem with being rotated, he seems to have a knack of looking after his players, he puts himself in the firing line and protects his players. They like that, respect that and respond to that.”
Shearer, who scored 30 goals for England during a memorable international career, also believes that the way the remainder of the transfer window plays out will also have a large bearing on the destination of the title.
With the likes of Man United’s Wayne Rooney and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale both heavily rumoured to be leaving their respective clubs before the end of the transfer window, the top clubs who hold on to their prized assets will surely have an advantage.
Shearer continues to base his prediction on the management situation at other clubs around Chelsea. With Man City appointing Manuel Pellegrini to his first Premier League post, and with David Moyes having huge expectations placed on his shoulders after succeeding legendary gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson, the ex-Toon striker believes that despite the fact Chelsea technically have a new boss, theirs is someone who has been there before, and succeeded at the club previously.
He continued: “Going into a Premier League season without Sir Alex is strange in itself, but Moyes is going in there for the first time and that brings its own pressures.
“You look at Manchester City and Pellegrini hasn’t won any trophies. When you look at Arsenal, can you say they are anywhere near winning trophies? I don’t think so.
“And Chelsea? Mourinho has been there and done it and, at this stage, that could be the difference.”
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