Chelsea playing the anti-Mourinho way under the Special One

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When Jose Mourinho returned to his home away from home at Stamford Bridge it was thought he was asked to deliver a more exciting brand of football to the London club’s faithful by Roman Abramovich.

The squad available to the Portuguese manager, according to the man himself, was not adequately equipped to do that though and it didn’t take long before normality, and defensive priority, returned.

Endlessly bemoaning his lack of a dominant front man, Mourinho quickly reverted to his organised, watertight style and wasn’t far off winning the Premier League in doing so.

This summer the Special One has taken delivery on two of the style of striker he so desperately craved last term, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and his old friend Didier Drogba as backup.

Add a creative dynamo in Cesc Fabregas to the midfield and Chelsea finally have all the tools to play an exciting, attacking brand of football.

So far they haven’t failed to deliver, with the former Barcelona string puller dominating proceedings in the season curtain raiser against Burnley and Costa having more than a say in the enthralling recent 6-3 win over Everton.

6-3. That’s a scoreline you’d perhaps associate with the cavalier management of Harry Redknapp or Brendan Rodgers, but Jose Mourinho? He’d sooner there be no goals in the game rather than nine.

His old ways haven’t deserted him completely, he spent much of the post-match question time either castigating his side’s defending, but it’s clear that this season’s Chelsea vintage will be far more entertaining to watch than previous Mourinho sides.

Following their win, the Blues are now the 5/6 favourites to be crowned Premier League champions come the end of the season, and if their recent end-to-end battle with the Toffees is anything to go by, they could well do it the enjoyable way.

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