Ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects the club to come back strong, suggesting the ‘difficult moment’ as a result of government sanctions on all of Roman Abramovich’s UK business assets and the rapid takeover process is only temporary.
His view is that the Blues have become so well established as one of the world’s leading clubs over the last two decades that ‘Chelsea will always be Chelsea’.
Even though his second spell as manager ended in a sacking in 2015, it is clear from how Mourinho talks about Chelsea that he retains a lasting fondness, wishing to hear ‘sounds of happiness and success’ from the home that he still maintains nearby Stamford Bridge.
“It’s a difficult moment and you can even feel it at the football level because they have lost that level of excellence and stability. But this is at the moment, you know,” the Portuguese told Sky Sports.
Mourinho admitted that he had a preferred new owner to take over ‘my Chelsea’ but refused to elaborate, suggesting it may not be the incoming Todd Boehly and his consortium.
“I just know the club has reached such a level that it doesn’t matter who it’s with, Chelsea will always be Chelsea. Chelsea will always be,” he continued.
“My house will always be 200 metres from the stadium and I want to keep listening to the sound of happiness and success and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be like that.”
Mourinho was first appointed by Chelsea in 2004 off the back of unexpectedly winning the Champions League with Porto and soon delivered the first trophies of the Abramovich era – including Chelsea’s first English league title in 50 years.
Having left under a cloud in 2007, he returned six years later after successful spells at Inter and Real Madrid, winning a third Premier League title in 2015. But a capitulation just a few months into the following season saw him shown the door again, before ill-fated spells at Manchester United and Tottenham.
This season, Mourinho has led Roma to the inaugural Europa Conference League final, the club’s long overdue first European final since 1984 when they faced Liverpool in the European Cup.
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