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How Jose Mourinho Will Revolutionize His Chelsea Team If And When He Joins As Manager

jose mourinho2 How Jose Mourinho Will Revolutionize His Chelsea Team If And When He Joins As Manager

With reports flooding in that Jose Mourinho will make his return to English football and to Chelsea this summer, many are speculating big changes to the squad. With reports from the Evening Standard that Mourinho will have a big budget for the transfer window, it’s almost certain we will see big names coming to the club.

Number one on the list for The Special One and number one on the list for Chelsea, for the longest time, is Radamel Falcao. All signs point to Falcao joining the London club and if he does, we could see Fernando Torres or Demba Ba shipped out in the summer. Falcao would provide Chelsea with a much-needed reliable striker capable of creating his own goalscoring chances, and cleaning up inside the box. But the striker position is only one of many problems inside Stamford Bridge.

This move may seem like a reach, but I feel as though if Chelsea cannot land Falcao and for some reason Mourinho feels like sticking with Torres, he will look to bring in a creative attacking midfielder very familiar to him, and that is Mesut Özil. The attacking midfield position is somewhat loaded for Chelsea with Oscar, Mata, and Hazard all starting many games for Chelsea. I feel though that if they decide to stick with Torres they will need a CAM unlike one they have now.

Hazard, Mata, and Oscar are the type of midfielders that love to score, more of shoot first CAM’s which doesn’t benefit Torres much. Bringing in Özil would provide Mourinho with an attacker capable of opening up defenses with excellent vision and passing, and would give Torres the setup man he needs to provide him goalscoring opportunities that he can’t miss. The problem with bringing in Özil is that you would have to ship out one of the starting CAM’s or convince him to play a lesser role in the team. I feel that player would be Oscar. The Brazilian has had an excellent season for Chelsea, but has been inconsistent. In Europa League play, Oscar has played a lot better than he has in league play, scoring as many goals in the Europa League as he has in the Premier League. Oscar is young, and full of potential so that could turn off Mourinho to selling him, but if you have the chance to bring in a proven world-class player like Özil and you have the means to, can you pass that up?

Speaking of central midfielders, there is the case of finding someone to replace Frank Lampard. His role in the Chelsea squad has changed significantly, having been moved back from the center attacking midfield role, to a central midfield role, and this season to a central defensive midfield role. But even with the change of position on the field, Lampard is having a fantastic season for the Blues, but it is no secret that he may not receive a contract extension. That will leave Chelsea with a void at central midfield.

To fill that void, Mourinho may want to look to bringing in another versatile midfielder much like Lampard, and that is Marouane Fellaini. At Real Madrid, Mourinho didn’t have a really versatile midfielder that could play all of the central midfield roles (attacking, defensive, holding), and if Lampard isn’t offered a contract extension he may be without that type of midfielder when he returns to Chelsea. Fellaini is the type of player that can do all three central roles. At Everton, Fellaini is very much used in more of a CAM role, but has shown he can play a regular central midfield role and if needed a central defensive midfield role. His versatility and great attacking and defensive work rates would be exactly what Mourinho would need to help anchor the central midfield.

There is speculation that Xabi Alonso may be making his return to England in Chelsea blue, but with him being up there in age Mourinho may want to look to bring in another central midfielder along with him, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Fellaini moved to Chelsea in the summer.

Lastly, Mourinho needs to address the back line. John Terry is on the downhill, Luiz seems to want to play an attacking role more than a defensive role, Ivanovic is almost 30 and Gary Cahill’s form has been inconsistent. Mourinho might look to bring in a young, central defender to tighten up a shaky back line and the player he may look to bring in is Raphael Varane. The French footballer has proven his worth at Real Madrid and worked his way into the starting eleven under Mourinho, and he has a highlight reel featuring tackles on some of the world class strikers out there. Varane could be a player that Mourinho could build a new defense around over a few seasons, and just like Fellaini he is the type of player that Mourinho likes, especially in a defender. Strong, fearless, physical. He has all the qualities of a Mourinho product.

This is, of course, all dependent on if Mourinho does make his return to Stamford Bridge. The team he is potentially taking over is full of talent and promise, but also full of question marks. It’s sure to be a summer of changes for Chelsea though, no matter if they bring in The Special One or not.

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14 Responses to How Jose Mourinho Will Revolutionize His Chelsea Team If And When He Joins As Manager

  1. Marc CFC/BKK says:

    Nathaniel Chalobah; only young but can do all this already.

  2. You Don't Need to know - it isn't Adams either says:

    Well, I know this is all hypothetically speaking but as a writer and a football watcher i’m sure you have seen the way Madrid do business how can you even begin to think that Ozil, Alonso, Varane will leave Madrid with Mourinho? sounds so stupid as if you don’t know anything about the club

  3. Anthony Lane says:

    Well if you believe anything on ESPNFC they have said that Alonso to Chelsea is close to done. And yes, it is all hypothetical. I was just pointing out players Mourinho would potentially like to have at the club. It’s not TOO farfetched that Chelsea could try and buy those players if Mourinho wants them.

  4. oooooz says:

    What a waste of 2 minutes, I can’t believe someone thought that was worth sharing.

  5. Dave says:

    Idiot. Oscar out? Haha, he has the potential to be world class, young but better than Ozil at his age! 30 isn’t old and JT has at least 2 years left.

  6. Antonio says:

    No matter who he is,he cannot revolute chelsea with the summer transfer.letting oscar go ll be the worst mistake.he is a young player with so much potential.i just ope Fergie ll tap that talent in oscar to man united.

  7. Charlie Burgess says:

    This may be the most stupid “article” I have ever read.It’s quite clear you know nothing about football (NOT soccer).Sell Oscar one of the best young players in world football for a 30 year old & also like Madrid would ever sell Varane.We don’t need these players either,we have some good English talent in our academy waiting to be utilized.

    • Anthony Lane says:

      I’m fairly sure I said swap Oscar for Özil and if I’m not mistaken he is 24 or 25 and not 30…

  8. CTBlues says:

    I remember when Jose went to Inter and everybody thought he was going to bring his favorite players from Chelsea with him.

  9. Ryan says:

    haha sounds legit. Sell Oscar after his first season in the Premier League. Stop reading after that.

  10. Ryan says:

    Haha sounds legit. Sell Oscar after his promising debut season after playing in the U20′s Olympics. Stopped reading after that.

    • Jessica Marsano says:

      Agreed. Any ambitious club would try to poach both Oscar and Ozil. No club would ever bother switching out one for the other. They are special.

      To quote Mourinho on Ozil: “There is no copy of this player, not even a bad one.” You could say the same about Oscar, who does things and plays a game that is entirely unique.

  11. fantasy football says:

    “Hazard, Mata, and Oscar are the type of midfielders that love to score, more of shoot first CAM’s which doesn’t benefit Torres much”

    couldnt disagree more

    First off: Torres has always been a poacher and at athletic madrid and liverpool would create goals on his own with his speed, creativity, and power.

    Second, decided to list goals/assists for the mids you mentioned: G/A
    hazard – 9/14
    mata – 10/18

    mata and hazard have scored or assisted in at most 52 goals of 72 goals scored by chelsea this campaign. there is a role for torres but as a sub to falcao or lewandowski

  12. Jessica Marsano says:

    This is a ridiculous article. I excuse it on the basis that the writer does not speak Spanish. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Mourinho’s allies and friends in his Real Madrid dressing room know Ozil will be going nowhere with him willingly. There’s also the problem that Ozil tops the shirt-sales and is one of Madrid’s most marketable players. I know shirt sales are nothing to Madrid but the brand value of the team is enhanced by having Ozil – one of the world’s most likable players, in addition to being one of the most inventive. The incentive to sell for anyone – even Oscar – is nil.

    And Madrid are not a selling club. They might consider taking Oscar to replace our dead-weight, Kaka, but they won’t be exchanging anyone.

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