After Jose Mourinho was controversially sacked by Chelsea, TEAMtalk round up five highs and lows from the Special One’s second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Five Mourinho highs
- The return of the Special One: After a turbulent spell at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho is unveiled as Chelsea manager for a second time, signing a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho announces that he is “the happy one” in his first press conference.
- Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: In Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as Arsenal manager, Mourinho’s Chelsea side humiliate their London rivals by beating them 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. Oscar and Eden Hazard were amongst the scorers as Mourinho gets the better of bitter rival Wenger once again.
- Transfer masterstroke: After a trophyless first season at Chelsea, Mourinho makes a statement of intent in the summer transfer window by bringing in marquee signings Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa, Felipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas and Didier Drogba.
- Capital One Cup triumph: Mourinho appears clearly jubilant after his Chelsea side defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley to claim the Capital One Cup. The Blues win 2-0 courtesy of goals from Diego Costa and captain John Terry, and the Special One claims his third League Cup. Despite a career laden with trophies, Mourinho claimed the final was the most important of his time in football.
- Premier League glory: After topping the Premier League from the very first weekend, Mourinho’s wins the Premier League title with Chelsea on his return to the club. In a dominant season, Diego Costa scores 20 league goals, Eden Hazard wins the PFA Player of the Year award and John Terry becomes only the second outfield player to play every minute of the Premier League season for a title winning side.
Five Mourinho lows
- Trophyless first season: On his return to Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho ends his first season without a trophy after finishing four points behind title winning Manchester City. Mourinho openly admits his squad isn’t good enough, hinting at a busy transfer window.
- Eva Carneiro saga: Chelsea’s title defence showed cracks from the opening game of the season against Swansea City in a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, and a disagreement with team doctor Eva Carneiro resulted in Chelsea and Mourinho being subject to legal action from Carneiro’s lawyers.
- Manchester City 3-0 Chelsea: Chelsea suffer a major early blow in the defence of their Premier League title as they lose 3-0 away to Manchester City, with Mourinho substituting captain John Terry at half-time.
- West Ham 2-1 Chelsea: Jose Mourinho is sent off along with Midfielder Nemanja Matic in a 2-1 defeat to West Ham at the Boleyn Ground, courtesy of an Andy Carroll header. Mourinho is charged by the FA for his conduct and behaviour in the defeat after charging into referee John Moss’s room at half time.
- Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea: The final match of Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended in defeat to top-of-the-table Leicester City, Chelsea’s ninth in the Premier League this season. Mourinho astonishingly blasts his players after the game, claiming that he has been “betrayed”. The Blues look a shadow of the title winning team of less than six months ago and the loss against former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri leaves them in 16th in the Premier League, just one point above the relegation zone.