In his two spells at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho was the toast of the Chelsea faithful. He prided himself as the Special One, and true to his words his special touch gave Chelsea a special feeling and mentality. He won silverware and ignited a love affair with the club.
Now, it seems such love affair is only fickle as his spat with the Chelsea fans who called him: ‘Judas’ will be heated with his signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Flashback to 2013 in his second spell, it was the Portuguese who convinced the club to dispense with the Belgian. Here was his reason:
“The thinking was, first of all, the fact that Romelu was always very clear with us that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea.
“He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status.
“That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us. After that Everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside the Financial Fair Play rules, you have to analyse these situations.”
How come Mourinho now sees something good in Lukaku after discarding the player? Chelsea fans will be reeling in anger knowing that the player should still have been at Chelsea and this could have been a plot by the Portuguese tactician.
Another, his move for Lukaku could be another Machiavellian strategy by Mourinho to deny Chelsea a dangerous weapon in their arsenal for next season’s title race (remembering the surprise signing of Willian to upset Spurs).
The Portuguese will feel he does not need to do Chelsea any favour. In a restructured statement, Jose hinted: “When a player or manager decides to go to a direct competitor then love stories are over.”
In 2015, the Belgian striker was asked the coach he would love to work with and here was his response:
“Mourinho is the one coach I would like to work with,” Lukaku said.
“And then there are Pep Guardiola and Arsene Wenger. In that exact order.”
The Belgian might still feel he has a lot to prove to Jose, who doubted his professionalism, ability and attitude to be a star player and striker. Though his statement sounds interesting, but we will find out sooner rather than later if Lukaku truly has an unfinished business with either Chelsea or Jose Mourinho.
Let’s keep believing…
We are the pride.