Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge is now complete and while the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ goes about building a team that can once again challenge for the title, Blues fans are dreaming of a return to their unbeaten ways.
When Mourinho first arrived at Stamford Bridge he came with a reputation for being unbeaten in home games.
This run stayed intact throughout his entire Chelsea reign and went on to envelope his spells as boss of Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
In fact, Mourinho spent nine years, one month and 10 days unbeaten at home in a run that lasted a staggering 150 games and saw 107 different coaches fail to break his teams down.
During the run, his sides won 125, drew 25, scored 342 goals and conceded just 87 and Ladbrokes is offering odds of 4/1 that the Portuguese magician can avoid defeat in all 19 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge next season.
Even when playing away from home Mourinho’s Chelsea were incredibly difficult to beat, losing just 21 of his 185 games in charge.
With a win percentage of 67 and having claimed the Manager of the Year accolades for 2004-05 and 2005-06, it is clear to see why Chelsea fans are salivating at the return of the man who guided them to two Premier Leagues, two League Cups and one FA Cup triumph.
Should Mourinho acquire the reinforcements he desires – the club have been linked with Wesley Sneijder, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney to name a few – many could be tempted to back the Blues to beat his record points haul of 95 at 11/8.
With Manchester United and rivals City ringing the changes in the dugout, the fact that Mourinho is returning to “the place where he is loved” could stand him in good stead over the coming years.
If he can stay on the right side of owner Roman Abramovich it is possible to see Chelsea breaking the Manchester stranglehold on the title and at odds of 6/4 backing Mourinho to win more trophies in his second spell than in his first could prove a shrewd investment.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing