Stage One Complete: Now Mourinho Will Eye Bigger Prize For Chelsea


Jose Mourinho allowed himself some time to soak up the adulation yesterday, after he saw his Chelsea team defeat London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and lift the English League Cup.

It’s not often that we see Mourinho ‘partying’ with his squad after such emotional triumphs, he usually looks ahead to the next challenge.

But the Portuguese boss realised that this was a special and an important moment for this current Chelsea crop. This win instilled a winning mentality and belief that they could/should go on and win more silverware this season and for years to come.

This trophy was the first Jose won during his first stint as Chelsea manager and it’s now the first he’s won during this new era. After his first League Cup victory¬†back in 2005, the ‘Special One’ only waited a few months to secure his first league title with the ‘Blues’. He’ll hope that will be the same again this time around.

Last season Manchester City used the League Cup as a springboard to the league championship too, as did Manchester United in 2009. So Chelsea have history on their side.

Jose explained yesterday that success breeds success. He also showed that he has plenty of ambition and desire left in the tank…

“It’s hard for me to live without titles. I need to feed myself with them.”

When Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013, I was slightly shocked by his demeanour. He looked drained, remorseful and unengaged. At the time I was concerned that the fifty-two year old had been broken during his time in charge of Real Madrid and needed a rest rather than orchestrate a Chelsea revolution.

Thankfully I was wrong. Jose has shown throughout this term that he’s back to his old best, whether that be with fights against the media or the FA or by outwitting his opponents in the dugout.

Yesterday’s result was also vital in the progress of players like Kurt Zouma and Juan Cuadrado who hadn’t yet tasted much career success until that point. It brings the whole squad closer together.

Now the focus will be back on the English Premier League. Yesterday was made all the sweeter for the ‘Blues’, as nearest challengers Man City failed to take their chance in closing the gap at the top. Instead City lost away to Liverpool and have given Chelsea incentive to go even further ahead.

The League title is the one Jose really wants this term. He wants to see Chelsea regain that crown and prove yet again that they are the best in the country.

Obviously they are still in the Champions League and can win that competition too. But I don’t think that will be Mourinho’s main objective this term!

The fact is this, Jose seems set for a prolonged stay in west London this time. That means building a legacy and setting goals that will only see Chelsea get stronger and gain even more titles.

Yesterday Jose Mourinho was delighted with the triumph but will be happier knowing its just the start for this new group, that he has moulded based on his own ideologies.

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