Are Mourinho And Alonso London Bound?
With Real Madrid crashing out of the Champions League in the semi-final stage, it seems Jose Mourinho’s reign will come to an end in the capital city. Initial speculation has surrounded a move back to Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho is without doubt a superb manager, but he ultimately failed whilst at the Bernabeu, as his main aim was to lift the Champions League. During his tenure in Madird, he won the La Liga title once and bagged two cup trophies.
He is a manager that almost guarantees instant success. However, employing Mourinho as a long-term fix is a risky move.
Mourinho made his name when his Porto team dumped United out of the Champions League back in 2005. They then went on to win the competition. He then made a name for himself in England, where the media speculated a move to the Premier League.
To prove his CL title was no fluke, Mourinho went to Chelsea and recorded back-to-back league titles as well as four cup victories. This guy certainly knows how to make a team successful, and with their poor 2012/13 campaign, you can see why Chelsea are keen to bring him to the bridge.
With just a year left on his current contract, Xabi Alonso may be following Mourinho to the Blues. Madrid have offered the 31-year-old a two-year deal, but he hasn’t responded to it as of yet.
If Alonso is set to join Chelsea, their midfield will arguably be the best in world football. The likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard playing alongside Alonso is a pretty scary thought for opposing teams.
Radamel Falcao is also firmly on Chelsea’s radar. If they manage to secure the highly demanded Colombian’s signature, they have to be instant title contenders. Without a title for a few years, I am expecting Abramovich to dig deep into his pockets and build a title-winning side.