It was the summer of 2004. Chelsea Football Club had just finished runners-up to Arsenal in the English Premier League – their best league position for 49 years – and in the process, broken the club record for highest number of points won in a season.  Despite that, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich – still in the nascent years of his ownership of the club – made his first major decision by deciding to relieve Italian Claudio Ranieri of his managerial duties. Abramovich sought a man who could match his ambition and hunger for success – someone that could not only take on the established powerhouses of Arsenal and Manchester United, but take them on and win. Before long, he had found the ideal candidate. Jose Mourinho exploded onto the English Premier League scene in June 2004 with his now-iconic press conference where he declared himself to be the ‘Special One’. That sense of confidence rubbed off on his players, kick-starting […]