On 3 June 2013, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay announced the appointment of Mourinho as manager for the second time, on a four-year contract. Mourinho told Chelsea TV: “In my career I’ve had two great passions – Inter and Chelsea – and Chelsea is more than important for me.” “It was very, very hard to play against Chelsea, and I did it only twice which was not so bad.” “Now I promise exactly the same things I promised in 2004 with this difference to add: I’m one of you.” On 10 June 2013, he was officially confirmed as Chelsea manager for the second time at a press conference held at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho is widely regarded by several players and coaches to be one of the best managers of his generation and one of the greatest ever managers. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has described Mourinho as “probably the best coach in the world”. However, Mourinho has also been criticised for negative tactics by a few coaches and players, including Johan Cruyff, and Morten Olsen. Cruyff stated, “Jose Mourinho is a negative coach. He only cares about the result and doesn’t care much for good football.”
1. Petr Cech
Following Tibo Courtois’ arrival Mourinho gave more credit to the Belgium international with Cech forced to leave the club.
2. David Luiz
One of the top players who couldn’t create a competition in the starting line-up alongside with John Terry and Gary Cahill. Finally he became one of the most expensive defenders in the world. Luiz made a switch to PSG for £50 million and helped his new side to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with his own goal reaching the Champions League ¼ final.
3. Ryan Bertrand
Bertrand had an appearance in the Champions League final of 2011/12 season before Mourinho’s arrival. However, following the Portuguese specialist’ appointment he disappeared from the sight. Bertrand eventually joined Southampton for €10 million spending a successful 2014/15 season. Filipe Luis
4. Filipe Luis
Luis moved to Chelsea in 2014 for £15 million, however, his arrival didn’t last long and soon he returned Atletico Madrid.
5. Kevin De Bruyne
He was a talented midfielder who didn’t receive a first team spot by Mourinho. The Portuguese used to claim that De Bruyne was such a weak player that was afraid of a contention and ran to Wolfsburg for €16.5 million. He showed fantastic performances, helping his team to reach the second place Bundesliga. His next stay was at Manchester City – £55 million.
6. Juan Mata
Before Mourinho’s return to Chelsea Mata was named The Blues’ best player of the season for two times in a row. But he moved to Manchester United with the sum of €37 million.
7. Mohamed Salah
Following De Bruyne and Mata departures Chelsea were for replacements. And the main candidate became Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian was trying to find his place among such players as Hazard, Willian and Oscar but Mourinho didn’t cherished his talent. Mohamed’s first loan spell was at Fiorentina and then he moved to Roma where he has been playing so far.
8. Andre Schurrle
Mourinho purchased Schurrle as soon as he came back to Chelsea. But he didn’t get adopted to the squad and soon made a move to Wolfsburg.
9. Juan Cuadrado
Cuadrado was another winger for Mourinho that he couldn’t get along with. Chelsea paid £23 million for the Colombian player. Now he is presenting Juventus.
10. Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku was a talented player with a promising future at Chelsea but his spell with The Blues came to an end when they decided to sell him to Everton.