Chelsea have just beaten FC Basle 2-1 at Basle, a brilliant result, so long as there are no foul ups, Chelsea should be in the Europa League final. Benitez is now well on the way to fixing his reputation that was tarnished by a poor final season at Liverpool and an even poorer spell at Inter Milan. However we all know that all managers at Chelsea can be classed as ‘interim’, nothing is permanent. Despite his good work Benitez will be out by the summer. It is rumoured that with Mourinho about to leave Real Madrid that this will give Benitez the opportunity to take charge in Madrid, a team he managed at the youth levels. Benitez knows Madrid well and has experience in high pressure big jobs and should be the outstanding candidate. Having said that Real can throw up unexpected surprises, Jurgen Klopp the Dortmund manager is much admired, as is Laudrup who having steared little Swansea to success would jump at a chance to impress on the big stage.
Chelsea will probably bring back Mourinho for a second spell so long as differences between Abramovich and Mourinho are settled. If Mourinho is given complete control of spending and the team then the return is assured. Mourinho feels he has unfinished business at Chelsea and would relish the chance to rebuild his team.
Rebuilding is certainly what would be required. Many managers have tried and failed, the old guard are still there, the new guard haven’t proven themselves yet. Of the new guard Juan Mata is the most impressive and will be integral to Mourinho’s plans. Oscar can develop into a fine player and will stay as will Eden Hazard, Ramires wasnt there when Mourinho was but is a mainstay of the team now. After that it is anybodys guess what Mourinho would do with the current team. The old guard are loyal to Jose and will probably stay but there influence and playing time would be reduced as they come to retirement.
Jose Mourinho will probably be looking at bringing in a focal point to the attack. During his time there it was Didier Drogba but now he is too old and has left the club so a new drogba is needed. I am sure Mourinho is aware of the qualities of Radamel Falcao and whilst a transfer from Atletico to Real Madrid is impossible, a transfer to Chelsea is not. Expect a big £50m move for him. Torres may be asked to leave to release extra funds, his big money move has not produced the desired results.
Mourinho teams are typically very robust and strong defensively. Attacking Chelsea are now strong but they need a new defensive midfielder to partner Ramires. This could be David Luiz playing in a restrained but advanced role, it could be a new player. Think of a Claude Makelele, or an Esteban Cambiasso, a tough no nonsense, combatitive athlete.
Mourinho teams are also known for there depth. Chelsea have become quite shallow since Ancelotti won his first title there. They have lost the depth of quality. You need to be able to field 2 equally strong seperate teams to be able to rotate the team to ensure freshness and the ability to compete on many different fronts. After the tweaks outlined, Mourinho will likely go for an additional quality defender, midfielder and attacker to ensure competition for places.
Andre Shurrle is a player that is being linked with Chelsea currently. The Bayer Leverkusen forward is favoured also by Dortmund if sales of there best players go through. He will cost £20m but has bags of potential and is a classy finisher.
Whatever happens, things are about to get interesting at Chelsea.