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Jose Mourinho will face the media today after being introduced at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's new manager for the second time in his career

Jose Mourinho will face the media today after being introduced at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's new manager for the second time in his career

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Jose Mourinho will face the media today when he is introduced as Chelsea's new manager for the second time

Jose Mourinho will face the media today when he is introduced as Chelsea's new manager for the second time

Jose Mourinho will face the media today after being introduced at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's new manager for the second time in his career

His return to Chelsea begins officially at 1pm Monday afternoon when, in the Ron Harris suite at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho is introduced as the club's manager for the second time.

1 The message

The extensive interview that Jose Mourinho gave to Chelsea TV seven days ago covered the big issues thoroughly and there is none bigger than the relationship between Mourinho and Roman Abramovich. Mourinho was clear that it was "the boss", as he calls the Russian, who made the call to ask him if he wanted to come back and that the relationship is fine.

Mourinho ticked off the key questions: he is here for the long-term this time; he has evolved as a manager; he will not be complacent in spite of his popularity and he is treating this partnership like a marriage. And he has only ever had one of those. Whether this new spirit of cooperation lasts is anyone's guess, but he is trying.

Yet Mourinho will want to find something else that will make an impact. The ultimate prize, the Champions League, has been won by Chelsea in his absence so what else can he offer?

 

 

2 The first home-produced players in a generation

One school of thought is that Mourinho can try to deliver what no Chelsea manager has done before him: the successful integration of young players from the club's academy into the first team. Chelsea were beaten finalists in the NextGen series (Under-19s) and the FA Youth Cup (Under-18s) last season and the belief is that this is the strongest group yet, although that has been said before at the club.

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<b>Mourinho announces his arrival</b><br />
Mourinho's first press conference in England, staged to announce his appointment as Chelsea manager, was to both start the trend of things to come and lay the foundations for his legend:<br />
<b>'Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.'</b>

<b>Mourinho announces his arrival</b><br /> Mourinho's first press conference in England, staged to announce his appointment as Chelsea manager, was to both start the trend of things to come and lay the foundations for his legend:<br /> <b>'Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.'</b>

Time to celebrate
Before Mourinho was appointed as manager of Chelsea, many English fans were already aware of his existence - especially Manchester United fans. In charge of Porto, his team came to Old Trafford and beat the odds by knocking United out of the Champions League thanks to a last minute goal. As Costinha bundled the ball home, Mourinho set off on a wild run down the Old Trafford touchline to celebrate.

Time to celebrate Before Mourinho was appointed as manager of Chelsea, many English fans were already aware of his existence - especially Manchester United fans. In charge of Porto, his team came to Old Trafford and beat the odds by knocking United out of the Champions League thanks to a last minute goal. As Costinha bundled the ball home, Mourinho set off on a wild run down the Old Trafford touchline to celebrate.

Le Professor? Non. Le Voyeur
'I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur,' Mourinho famously said of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in October 2005. 'He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.'

Le Professor? Non. Le Voyeur 'I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur,' Mourinho famously said of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in October 2005. 'He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.'

Winning the title
After Mourinho's assertion that he was the 'Special One', the Portuguese wasted no time in proving the doubters wrong. In his first season as Chelsea boss, he led the club to their first league title in 50 years. He would go on to win the league title again the following season as well as the FA Cup, two League Cups and one Community Shield during his time in charge.

Winning the title After Mourinho's assertion that he was the 'Special One', the Portuguese wasted no time in proving the doubters wrong. In his first season as Chelsea boss, he led the club to their first league title in 50 years. He would go on to win the league title again the following season as well as the FA Cup, two League Cups and one Community Shield during his time in charge.

Omelettes and eggs
'It is omelettes and eggs. No eggs - no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs.' Mourinho was explaining in his own special way the issue of money drying up at Stamford Bridge. He continued: 'In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.'

Omelettes and eggs 'It is omelettes and eggs. No eggs - no omelettes! It depends on the quality of the eggs.' Mourinho was explaining in his own special way the issue of money drying up at Stamford Bridge. He continued: 'In the supermarket you have class one, two or class three eggs and some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem.'

Terrier threat
Mourinho was arrested and cautioned in 2007 after allegedly refusing to allow police to quarantine his pet dog. He reportedly rushed home from an awards ceremony after he was tipped off by his wife about what was going on. Upon returning home, eyewitnesses claimed he freed the animal from the health officials, rushed out into the street and encouraged his pet to run off. He then told them, 'I've sent my dog to St Tropez.'

Terrier threat Mourinho was arrested and cautioned in 2007 after allegedly refusing to allow police to quarantine his pet dog. He reportedly rushed home from an awards ceremony after he was tipped off by his wife about what was going on. Upon returning home, eyewitnesses claimed he freed the animal from the health officials, rushed out into the street and encouraged his pet to run off. He then told them, 'I've sent my dog to St Tropez.'

Pressure ....We're told that football managers are under constant pressure. But Mourinho didn't agree:
Pressure? There is no pressure. Bird Flu is pressure. (The press laugh) No, you laugh, but I am being serious. I am more worried about the swan then I am about football.

Pressure ....We're told that football managers are under constant pressure. But Mourinho didn't agree: Pressure? There is no pressure. Bird Flu is pressure. (The press laugh) No, you laugh, but I am being serious. I am more worried about the swan then I am about football.

Out with the laundry
This story is unproven, but the audacity of it if it is true makes it worth recounting. Mourinho was banned by Uefa from having any contact with his Chelsea players during the 2005 Champions League quarter-finals. To get around this, it's alleged that Mourinho sneaked into the ground early and gave both the pre-game and half-time team-talks. While the game was in play, Mourinho watched from the dressing room and relayed instructions to assistant Rui Faria, who it's suggested was wearing an earpiece - covered by a suspiciously large hat (pictured). After the game Mourinho was reportedly wheeled out of the stadium in a laundry basket.

Out with the laundry This story is unproven, but the audacity of it if it is true makes it worth recounting. Mourinho was banned by Uefa from having any contact with his Chelsea players during the 2005 Champions League quarter-finals. To get around this, it's alleged that Mourinho sneaked into the ground early and gave both the pre-game and half-time team-talks. While the game was in play, Mourinho watched from the dressing room and relayed instructions to assistant Rui Faria, who it's suggested was wearing an earpiece - covered by a suspiciously large hat (pictured). After the game Mourinho was reportedly wheeled out of the stadium in a laundry basket.

On the bus
Following a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho quipped: &lt;br /&gt;
'As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.'

On the bus Following a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho quipped: <br /> 'As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal.'

Sssshhhh...
Mourinho bagged his first trophy for Chelsea with a Carling Cup triumph over Liverpool. But at the time almost as much was made of his gesture to Liverpool fans as was Chelsea's 3-2 win. When Steven Gerrard scored a late own-goal to send the match into extra-time, Mourinho turned to the Liverpool fans, who had been barracking him all game, and put his finger to his lips as if to suggest 'be quiet'. Mourinho later claimed he was gesturing towards the press - but no-one believed him.

Sssshhhh... Mourinho bagged his first trophy for Chelsea with a Carling Cup triumph over Liverpool. But at the time almost as much was made of his gesture to Liverpool fans as was Chelsea's 3-2 win. When Steven Gerrard scored a late own-goal to send the match into extra-time, Mourinho turned to the Liverpool fans, who had been barracking him all game, and put his finger to his lips as if to suggest 'be quiet'. Mourinho later claimed he was gesturing towards the press - but no-one believed him.

Rijkaard and the ref
'When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee's dressing room I couldn't believe it. When Drogba was sent off I didn't get surprised.'&lt;br /&gt;
This quote from Mourinho caused a storm. The Chelsea boss was suggesting that Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had paid a visit to the dressing room of referee Anders Frisk during half-time of their Champions League encounter. It was a hugely damaging statement that led to a two match ban for Mourinho, saw him labelled the 'enemy of football' by Uefa's head of referees, and led to the retirement of Frisk who was receiving death threats following the match.

Rijkaard and the ref 'When I saw Rijkaard entering the referee's dressing room I couldn't believe it. When Drogba was sent off I didn't get surprised.'<br /> This quote from Mourinho caused a storm. The Chelsea boss was suggesting that Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard had paid a visit to the dressing room of referee Anders Frisk during half-time of their Champions League encounter. It was a hugely damaging statement that led to a two match ban for Mourinho, saw him labelled the 'enemy of football' by Uefa's head of referees, and led to the retirement of Frisk who was receiving death threats following the match.

Jose Mourinho's best moments: Would you like me to lapdance for you?
Jose Mourinho made an appearance on Italian television show Chiambretti Night, shortly after his move to Italy. As England manager Fabio Capello once found out, part of the show involves a private dance from a scantily clad woman. Mourinho appeared to find it difficult to stay awake for the performance.

Jose Mourinho's best moments: Would you like me to lapdance for you? Jose Mourinho made an appearance on Italian television show Chiambretti Night, shortly after his move to Italy. As England manager Fabio Capello once found out, part of the show involves a private dance from a scantily clad woman. Mourinho appeared to find it difficult to stay awake for the performance.

Melons
Mourinho apparently liked using food as an analogy for his thoughts, as he proved when discussing his youth players at Chelsea:&lt;br /&gt;
'Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100 per cent sure that the melon is good. Sometimes you have beautiful melons but they don't taste very good and some other melons are a bit ugly and when you open them, the taste is fantastic. For example, Scott Sinclair, the way he played against Arsenal and Man United, we know the melon we have.'

Melons Mourinho apparently liked using food as an analogy for his thoughts, as he proved when discussing his youth players at Chelsea:<br /> 'Young players are a little bit like melons. Only when you open and taste the melon are you 100 per cent sure that the melon is good. Sometimes you have beautiful melons but they don't taste very good and some other melons are a bit ugly and when you open them, the taste is fantastic. For example, Scott Sinclair, the way he played against Arsenal and Man United, we know the melon we have.'

&lt;b&gt;Chin up&lt;/b&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
An enduring image of Mourinho was his gesture to Chelsea fans that they keep their 'chin up' following a draw to Arsenal that ended their hopes of another league title. His strength in the face of defeat was another feather in his bow.

<b>Chin up</b><br /> An enduring image of Mourinho was his gesture to Chelsea fans that they keep their 'chin up' following a draw to Arsenal that ended their hopes of another league title. His strength in the face of defeat was another feather in his bow.

It's the president
When Mourinho when asked by a Ghanaian journalist if he ever phoned Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to see how he was, the Portuguese replied:&lt;br /&gt;
'Would you phone the president of Ghana?'

It's the president When Mourinho when asked by a Ghanaian journalist if he ever phoned Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to see how he was, the Portuguese replied:<br /> 'Would you phone the president of Ghana?'

Bonjourno
Mourinho showed no signs of letting up after his move to Italy. Much like his introduction to England, he captivated the press at the first opportunity. In his opening press conference he spoke fluent Italian (something he claimed to have learned in three-weeks 'because I'm very intelligent'). And following one awkward question, Mourinho paused before delivering a classic piece of Milanese slang: 'Non sono un pirla' - 'I'm not a d**khead'. The room exploded in laughter and brought Mourinho his first round of applause on Italian soil.

Bonjourno Mourinho showed no signs of letting up after his move to Italy. Much like his introduction to England, he captivated the press at the first opportunity. In his opening press conference he spoke fluent Italian (something he claimed to have learned in three-weeks 'because I'm very intelligent'). And following one awkward question, Mourinho paused before delivering a classic piece of Milanese slang: 'Non sono un pirla' - 'I'm not a d**khead'. The room exploded in laughter and brought Mourinho his first round of applause on Italian soil.

Take him down
Mourinho's popularity waned during his time in Italy, when his constant jibes at officials, managers and referees antagonised just about everyone in Italy, including his own fans. A notable episode involved the Special One performing a 'handcuffs' gesture after seeing Inter's Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba sent off and Samuel Eto'o booked in a match with Sampdoria. He received a three-game ban.

Take him down Mourinho's popularity waned during his time in Italy, when his constant jibes at officials, managers and referees antagonised just about everyone in Italy, including his own fans. A notable episode involved the Special One performing a 'handcuffs' gesture after seeing Inter's Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba sent off and Samuel Eto'o booked in a match with Sampdoria. He received a three-game ban.

Leaving on a high
Despite the mutual disharmony between Mourinho and Italy in general, after completing an unprecedented treble with Inter Milan last season, a shared respect was formed. Mourinho would leave Inter shortly after their Champions League triumph, declaring:&lt;br /&gt; 
'My work here is done. I have been very happy at Inter but not in the world of Italian football because I don't like all the comments from presidents, coaches and papers. But I will always like Inter. I want to thank Italian football because I have become a better coach for it.'

Leaving on a high Despite the mutual disharmony between Mourinho and Italy in general, after completing an unprecedented treble with Inter Milan last season, a shared respect was formed. Mourinho would leave Inter shortly after their Champions League triumph, declaring:<br /> 'My work here is done. I have been very happy at Inter but not in the world of Italian football because I don't like all the comments from presidents, coaches and papers. But I will always like Inter. I want to thank Italian football because I have become a better coach for it.'

Up to his old tricks
Ahead of the first of Real Madrid's current four meetings with Barcelona, it was announced shortly before a press conference that Mourinho would not be answering questions. Instead, his assistant Aitor Karanka would be speaking. But then, rather bizarrely, Mourinho attended the press conference yet continued his silence. Journalists were furious and staged a mass walk-out.

Up to his old tricks Ahead of the first of Real Madrid's current four meetings with Barcelona, it was announced shortly before a press conference that Mourinho would not be answering questions. Instead, his assistant Aitor Karanka would be speaking. But then, rather bizarrely, Mourinho attended the press conference yet continued his silence. Journalists were furious and staged a mass walk-out.

<b>Mourinho announces his arrival</b><br /> Mourinho's first press conference in England, staged to announce his appointment as Chelsea manager, was to both start the trend of things to come and lay the foundations for his legend:<br /> <b>'Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.'</b>

There is a group of at least five players who have either had a taste of first-team football, been around the squad or been out on loan who could be ready to move up – Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Josh McEachran and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.

In his first spell at Chelsea, the academy was in the early stages of its development. Now there is an opportunity for Mourinho to answer the criticism, often justifiable, that he is a team-builder, rather than a club-builder. The fans would love to see young players thriving in the first team.

3 The new striker

There was an improvement of sorts at times from Fernando Torres last season, and 23 goals is a decent return, but realistically he is not going to be the main man in Mourinho's team. He just does not score enough or dominate in the fashion that previous Mourinho strikers have done. This is the manager who made Didier Drogba one of his first signings in 2004.

The difficulty is that all the potential big names – Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney, Stefan Jovetic – are all problematic, expensive deals that could take right up to the end of August to complete. Mourinho will want his new man ready to be integrated into the squad by 11 July, when they leave for Thailand for the first of the club's two forthcoming summer tours.

A new striker will change the buzz around Chelsea immediately. Even now, with Mourinho back in charge, they look like a good bet for the league title. With an A-list centre-forward as well as Torres and Demba Ba it would be hard to argue with them as favourites.

4 John Terry's future

It was on the plane to Seattle for Chelsea's pre-season tour in 2004 that Mourinho told Terry he wanted him to succeed Marcel Desailly as club captain.

Terry recalled in his subsequent book about that first title-winning season that Mourinho said then it was the captain's job to be on the players' side. Terry wrote: "He said: 'Even if you have to tell me something I might not like, always stick with the players.'"

By September 2007, the Terry-Mourinho relationship was shaky, culminating in a row between the two around the final Mourinho game, a draw at home in the Champions League against Rosenborg. But the reasons for the Portuguese leaving then ran a lot deeper than a fall-out with Terry.

Having seen Ashley Cole and Lampard rewarded with new one-year contracts, the majority of the fans want Terry to stay. Mourinho needs a new centre-half, as well as a striker and defensive midfielder. What he will not need is the saga hanging over his season. Best to sort it out early and take the sting out of it.

5 The battle of the coaches

As well as Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City and David Moyes at Manchester United have all inherited great squads. All will make signings. Who wins the league comes down to an infinite number of factors. Nevertheless, the coach can achieve many of those marginal gains.

In Mourinho's interview seven days ago he made reference to the need for the club to improve, and to do that with skill and ingenuity rather than just signing players. "People are already thinking about how many millions Chelsea are going to spend, and when I say 'improve the team' I am saying improving by work. My work has to improve players and improve the team. If I don't do that I am not happy with myself."

The post-Sir Alex Ferguson Premier League landscape is very different. The managers of the top three start anew. Of course, all have different advantages and disadvantages but it feels like a great season to measure the relative qualities of the managers.

Belfast Telegraph