When Mourinho took over at Chelsea the first time, he revitalized the club. In his first season he won the Premier League title with a record 95 points, the club’s first league title in 50 years, and the League Cup. In his second year Chelsea retained the Premier League and in 2006–07 he took the club to an FA Cup and League Cup double, though they finished as league runners-up.
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Premier League winners: 2005, 2006, 2010
Division One winners: 1955
Division Two winners: 1984, 1989
FA Cup winners: 1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
League Cup winners: 1965, 1998, 2005
European Cup Winners: 2012
European Cup winners: 1971, 1998
European Super Cup winners: 1998
Stories are circulating that Roman Abramovich will hand Jose Mourinho a £100m transfer kitty to rebuild Chelsea when he returns to Stamford Bridge this summer. if he makes the move back to the Blues this summer.
Atletico Madrid‘s £50 million striker Radamel Falcao is top of Chelsea’s wish list – but the Stamford Bridge deals will not stop there.
Chelsea are reported to have already landed Bayern Leverkusen star Andre Schurrle for £20m and that the winger has already agreed to personal terms on a five year deal.
John Terry is unequivocal in his support for Rafa Benitez’s rotation system if it propels Chelsea back into the Champions League, but the defender insists he is ready, willing and able to play up to three times a week if required.
The 32-year-old scored twice in last night’s 3-0 win at Fulham in the Premier League, which saw the reigning European champions climb above Arsenal and move into pole position for the third automatic qualifying spot for next year’s Champions League.
Really interesting article by Simon Johnson and James Olley of the Evening Standard that Chelsea have contacted Avram Grant about replacing Rafa Benitez after this weekend’s match against West Brom.
The story goes that Chelsea are considering firing Rafa after his outburst yesterday and replacing him with Avram Grant until the end of the season before bringing Jose Mourinho back as manager in the summer.
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are growing increasingly confident of reappointing the Special One as they weigh up their second change at the top this season. That is interesting news by itself, as many insiders think that Jose Mourinho will end up in Paris next season with PSG and not in London with Chelsea.
First Rafa took on the Chelsea board saying that the decision to give him the title of “interim manager” was a “massive mistake”.
“Chelsea gave me the title of interim manager, which is a massive mistake. I’m the manager.
“I have a title. Someone decided the title would be interim. Why? Just in case?” said Benitez.
“Fine, that is your decision. I don’t agree, but that is your decision and now everybody has to take responsibility.
Everton are back in 6th with 42 points, but I feel that the 7 point gap is too big for them to close.
So back to the three London clubs, who has the easiest run-in to the end of the season?
Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benítez is said to be among the candidates to succeed Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernebéau if, as expected, the Portuguese leaves this summer.
In an interview with Radio Nacional de España, Benítez said Real Madrid, the home-town club where he was part of Vicente Del Bosque’s back-room team, remained his first love.
“I have a contract [with Chelsea] until the end of the season and I am going to do everything possible for this club to have the best success,” Benítez said.
Rafa Benitez has risked opening a rift with John Terry after claiming the Chelsea captain is trapped in ‘a vicious circle’ preventing his return from injury.
The interim manager left Terry on the bench for Chelsea’s Europa League match yesterday, claiming he had to manage his return from a knee problem but Terry insisted he was ready to start as he left the stadium.
‘During the week he had a setback,’ said Benitez. ‘Then he was fine again and had no reaction in the next training session. But we have to manage the situation. He has to train more with the team and then he will have more options to play.
Klopp has told the Evening Standard that he will be staying with the reigning German champions despite being flattered by interest from Chelsea.
‘I have a contract until 2016. I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016,’ said 45-year-old Klopp.
‘Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go. This is something I can’t change but they will see.’
The Premier League title looks like it will be moving to the red half of Manchester after champions Manchester City suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Southampton. The defeat leaves City, nine points behind leaders United, who play Everton tomorrow.