Prior the 2004/2005 season, Chelsea were a Club who were mere pretenders in the League but Abramovich, who took propriety of Chelsea in 2003, embarked on a commercial program to make the Club more competitive with footballing dynasties like Man United, Real Madrid, Arsenal and their likes.
Part of Abramovich’s plan was the employment of high profile Jose Mourinho who broke the jinx of a 50-years trophy drought to conquer the Premier League. Mourinho built reputable squad for Chelsea that dominated the League and some of the players he signed for Chelsea are still in their current winning squad.
Following Chelsea’s conquest of the League, former Man United star Gary Neville reckons that Antonio Conte’s success with Chelsea hinges on the past effort of Jose Mourinho, per report. Chelsea clinched the title last week for the second time in three years.
However, it was Jose Mourinho that started the revelation at Chelsea in 2005 before handing the baton to Carlo Ancelotti who also conquered the League but Neville attributed the successes of the other managers of Chelsea to Jose Mourinho.
‘In terms of ranking them I’d probably say, better than the Ancelotti team who was the back end of Jose Mourinho’s side,’ Neville said on Sky Sports.
‘Ultimately Jose Mourinho has built two great sides at Chelsea.
‘Ancelotti and Conte have profited, managed them brilliantly, but profited off the back of those two great Championship winning teams.’
Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 but on his return, he won the Premier League again. However, he led the Club to a disastrous campaign last season before he was given the matching orders.
The Portuguese tactician is now with Man United but his struggles from last season continued this season as the Red Devils currently sits in sixth position on the Premier League table.