Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has been perhaps more low key than you would expect.
His first spell in 2004 bought about Mourinho mania upon his arrival, as the Portuguese coach announced himself as the Special One before promptly splashing millions on a title winning team.
This time around, Chelsea’s transfer business has been far more low key. Signings have appeared shrewd rather than spectacular, although the chase of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney remains ongoing.
Whilst Mourinho has been putting on a casual front since his return to Stamford Bridge, he is aware the pressure will be on once the first ball of the new season is kicked.
Despite success in European competitions over the past two seasons, the Blues have endured average Premier League seasons, and have looked a shadow of the side that last won the league under Carlo Ancelotti in 2010.
Mourinho has been tasked with creating a title winning team in the same way he did in 2004 by Roman Abramovich, and with the various changes taking place at Manchester United, and Arsenal’s inability to bring in new talent, he may well fancy his side as genuine challengers to current favourites Manchester City.
With this in mind, we have identified 5 things we have learnt from Chelsea’s pre-season period so far, that may well prove crucial heading into the new season.