Second Season Syndrome
Second season syndrome is usually a term associated with a player, or manager, who after a pretty impressive first season, tends to not quite hit the heights the second time around. Think Tony Martial the season just gone. Sparkling and unplayable at times during his first campaign, but couldn’t quite get going with consistent performances in his second season.
Jose Mourinho is a freak, in terms of second season syndrome. His record currently stands at a 100% success rate, when it comes to delivering league titles.
After winning the treble of , League, League cup and UEFA cup, Mourinho led the Portuguese club to a League and Champions League double, during his second season with the club, prompting Chelsea to bid for his services.
Chelsea claimed their first League title in over 50 years in Mourinho’s first season. His second season was even more impressive. The title was pretty much already in the bag with plenty of games to spare. A real whirlwind start had ensured that the tile would be staying in West London.
With Chelsea and Mourinho parting ways, it was the Milanese sleeping giants, Inter Milan, who acquired the services of the special one. Inter, little brother to AC Milan, hired a manager who would not only win them the Scudetto but also a Champions League too. Mourinho won a treble of League, Italian Cup and Champions League, all in his second season. His first wasn’t too bad either. A League title, showing that whatever Mourinho touched, turned to gold.
Los Blancos were the next part of the Jose Mourinho world tour. After falling out of love with Italian football, particularly the media, Mourinho headed across to Spain. His first season would only bring the Copa Del Rey, but this would be the foundation for the impressive second season. The League title, achieved alongside a record points and goals scored tally, was wrestled back from Barcelona which ended their period of domestic domination.
Chelsea – The Return
In Jose’s first press conference, on his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho claimed that with the team he had inherited Chelsea fans could forget the title in his first season, but could bank on them claiming it the following year. The boss was true to his word. Not even challenging in season one, Mourinho’s Chelsea, blew away the other contenders in his typical pragmatic style.
Manchester United ????
Despite finishing over 20 points behind eventual winners, Chelsea, Mourinho had brought back a belief amongst both fans and players, that United will be challenging sooner rather then later. A 26 game unbeaten run showed that Mourinho had brought resilience, even if too many draws were to eventually scupper United’s title hopes. The league cup and Europa League trophies are the foundation of which Mourinho will shape his new look United team. All four of the signings made my Mourinho had contributed to the success of the season. Another good summers spending and you would be pretty foolish to bet against the special one continuing this very impressive record.
Over to you, Jose.