Chelsea are set to kick off the new season with optimism at it’s highest since possibly 2004. The reason for such an air of expectancy can be attributed to the same reason seven years ago – the ‘Mourinho factor.’
The return of the self entitled ‘Special One’ has got Chelsea fans dreaming of their fourth Premier League title, and the sort of success the Portuguese coach delivered during his first spell in charge.
The Blues have leapt to joint favourites for the Premier League title alongside Manchester City following his return, ahead of last season’s title winners Manchester United.
Mourinho himself will no doubt be aware of the hype, and surely feel under some pressure to deliver similar results he managed during his first spell.
He has added to his squad with the arrivals of German forward Andre Schurrle and young Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
But, as is always the case with Chelsea, a host of big name players have been linked with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.
Unlike his first spell and his first summer in charge, the vast majority of those names mentioned have not arrived to join the Mourinho revolution, with deals proving harder to push through this time around.
That said, a lot of the rumours have been largely farfetched.