Jose's new blueprint: Mourinho chasing Rooney, Ronaldo and Varane to win title
There have been quite a few changes since Jose Mourinho was last at Chelsea.
Although stalwarts Frank Lampard, John Terry and Petr Cech remain in west London, a number of his star men have moved on and they have slipped behind the Manchester clubs in terms of Premier League dominance.
So how will the Special One rebuild the team in his image?
ON THE SHOPPING LIST…
The pair had their differences at Madrid, but Ronaldo flourished under Mourinho. It would make one sensational summer swoop.
Unhappy at United and Chelsea are one of the few clubs who could afford him.
The young defender has been a revelation at Madrid and could follow Mourinho to Chelsea.
Targets: Cristiano Ronaldo (right) and Wayne Rooney (left) could make the move to the Bridge
The midfielder looked to be on his way out of Chelsea but will be happy to see Mourinho back.
Cech thrived under Mourinho, who is unlikely to pick a new Chelsea No 1.
One of Chelsea’s most reliable performers since Mourinho signed him in 2006. Key to his plans.
HEADING FOR THE EXIT…
He cost £50m and has failed to justify his price tag, so Mourinho is unlikely to give him time. He’s no Didier Drogba.
Hasn’t made an impact and isn’t helped by the fact he joined from Jose’s rivals, Barcelona.
Another unfulfilled prospect. Mourinho will have better players at his disposal.
The Special One is unlikely to return in a blaze of modesty but how have Chelsea’s other bosses made an entrance during the Abramovich years?
‘This is the dawn of a new era. I, Tinkerman, will not change.’ The Italian tactician was already in place when Abramovich took over. He lasted less than a year.
‘We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager. I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.’ Mourinho arrived from Porto with a superb record and a growing reputation. Not that he’s one to boast.
‘I am not the “Special One”. I’m the normal one. But my wife says I am special.’ Not one for arrogance, Grant went on to lead Chelsea to a Champions League final.