Jose Mourinho has spoken many times about building a squad to his liking and he has said that this year’s is as close to complete as it can be. Perhaps it is because of the similarities it has to his Chelsea title-winning squads of the mid-2000s when the Blues ran rampant over the Premier League.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has pointed out two players in particular that he thinks Mourinho is especially excited about. He compared striker Diego Costa to the Didier Drogba of old and compared Nemanja Matic with midfield general Claude Makelele. Makelele was so influential as a player that he even has a position named after him so for Matic to be compared to him is very high praise.
Jamie Carragher on the new look Chelsea squad:
“Look at his last team. Now Costa is his Drogba and Matic is even bigger than Makelele. He has two big centre-backs in John Terry and Gary Cahill. You’ve got Filipe Luis coming in, you’ve got [Branislav] Ivanovic… there are four or five. He likes size and power and he knows what’s needed to win the Premier League.”
Source: Here Is The City
Many believe, including Jamie Carragher, that this is a make or break year for Jose Mourinho and if he does not win the Premier League or Champions League he will be shown the door. While that may be a bit of an overreaction considering the freedom he has been given to build the squad to his liking, he is slowly running out of excuses.
Mourinho has been given the players he wanted, short of Paul Pogba, and is focusing on bringing up youth players to the squad as well. He has made some gutsy calls in his goalkeeper situation and seems to have the squad running on all cylinders. If he hopes to win the title then he must keep it that way for the marathon Premier League season.
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