Given the new managerial appointments among the big clubs, next season's Premier League title race will be one of the most hotly contested in years and I personally cannot wait, but can Mourinho win it at Chelsea?
Last season was disappointing, and in years to come will be remembered as Sir Alex Fergusons’s swansong, rather than for the football on display. However, there are now just six weeks to go before the start of arguably one of the most eagerly anticipated seasons in recent memory.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the forthcoming season is that last season’s top three all boast a change in manager – unprecedented in the history of the top flight. Whilst Manchester United and Manchester City have appointed managers largely untested at the very highest level in English football, Chelsea have welcomed back the self proclaimed ‘Special One’.
Mourinho’s first spell at the club turned out to be a trophy-laden period. Mourinho ended Chelsea’s 50-year wait for a league title in his first season, successfully defended the crown the following season and won two League Cups and an FA Cup. Now, nine years after he first arrived at Stamford Bridge, his initial press conference portrayed a more mature Mourinho, now 50, with an attitude that attempted to project a man at ease with the world.
Nevertheless Mourinho was surprisingly coy by his standards, stating that he does not believe that the Blues will win the Premier League title in 2013/14. He thinks that Chelsea will win their first title since 2010 in his second year in charge but only if they ‘move in the right direction’.
That right direction might be to replicate the sort of form from his first spell in charge, which reads: Played 185 Won 124 Drew 40 Lost 21 Win Percentage 67%. This record also included a 60-match unbeaten league run at Stamford Bridge.
These results give providence to a recent poll of football supporters from across the country which found that 52 per cent thought that Mourinho would outshine his new rivals. Furthermore, 34 per cent thought that Chelsea would win the league under his stewardship compared to just 28 per cent who thought Manchester United would retain their crown, and only 15 per cent who thought that Pellegrini’s men could lift the title.
Obviously a lot can happen between now and the start of the season, when Steve Bruce's newly-promoted Hull side provide Mourinho's first opponents at Stamford Bridge – but Mourinho knows what it takes and how to get results … he could be the difference this year.
My view and tip would be that the imposing presence of Mourinho back at Stamford Bridge will tip the scales their way – especially with new managers settling into daunting challenges at both Manchester clubs.
Latest Best Premier League Title Odds:
Manchester United 9/4 (Bet365)
Manchester City 12/5 (Coral)
Chelsea 12/5 (Sky Bet)
Final thought … What's more fun than Jose Mourinho? Jose Mourinho with something to prove – 17 August can’t come soon enough!
Chelsea to win the Premier League: 12/5 with Sky Bet
Open a new Sky Bet betting account for football today and get a NO DEPOSIT £10 free bet credited to your account instantly. Just use the link below on any device and you will be directed straight to the no deposit free £10.
OPEN A NEW SKY BET ACCOUNT HERE and get a no deposit free tenner.
See all the latest Premeir League betting odds at Sky Bet.
Already got a Sky Bet account? Don't worry there are plenty more of our favourite free bet offers below.