In June 2004, the Premier League oversaw a new era for Chelsea Football Club and an opportunity for the self-proclaimed "Special One", Jose Mourinho. After impressively winning the UEFA Champions League with Portuguese side, Porto, Chelsea swiftly negotiated a move for the man who masterminded one of the biggest underdog stories in the history of the Champions League. Mourinho quickly adored himself to the Chelsea faithful, boasting an aura of arrogance knowing he had the skills to create mass success. The club to this day is still bankrolled by Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich who gave Mourinho the means to build a legacy at the West London club.
The likes of Tiago, Essien and Carvalho were brought in as reinforcements to freshen up the squad. Mourinho says, Mourinho does, The Portuguese maestro won the Premier League in his first season of English football, breaking the record for the most points recorded in a season and also won the League Cup with victory over rivals, Liverpool. Mourinho was creating a revolution in London. Players such as John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba at the top of their game and the fans behind them, nobody could see Chelsea relinquishing their crown anytime soon.
In the 2005/2006 season, success inevitably followed with a second Premier League title and 4th consecutive domestic title for Mourinho. His 3rd season in charge saw a change in Premier League champions as Manchester United regained the title after it spent 2 years in London. However, Chelsea still won 2 domestic cups beating Manchester United and Arsenal in the FA Cup and League Cup respectively. His last season before returning in 2013 saw a bittersweet end to Mourinho’s time in West London. Sacked just 7 games into the Premier League season, Chelsea fans were distraught.
"The Special One" returned in 2013 declaring himself as ‘The Happy One’, finishing 3rd in his first season of his second spell. The following season saw Mourinho claim a 3rd Premier League title winning it at Stamford Bridge, following a 1-0 over Crystal Palace. As Chelsea returned as Champions the next season, soon came their worst ever start to a season since 1978. Mourinho, despite under mountains of pressure was backed all the way by the Chelsea fans who chanted his name every single game until, Mourinho was terminated from his contract a second time. The Portuguese tactician leaves being Chelsea’s most successful ever manager and will remain in the hearts of Chelsea fans for eternity. "Long Live the Special One."