3) Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois? – Although Petr Cech hasnt been the same since that horrific head injury in 2006, he is still one of the worlds best goalkeepers and the only defensive constant in all of Chelseas success. Unfortunately for him, Thibaut Courtois has just had the season of his life on loan at Atletico Madrid and is 10 years younger at 22. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid were reportedly sniffing around, but the Belgian opted to return to his parent club to fight for first team action. This means Mourinho will have to choose and Cech may have to sit on the bench at times. It remains to be seen how he will deal with the new situation. Here, talkSPORT’s Chelsea fan Felicia Pennant, has a few questions to put to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the new Premier League season…Mourinho’s comment last season that his side was a ‘little horse’ in terms of the title race wasn’t fooling anyone. We were still fighting towards the end.But this season he’ll be hoping his ‘little horse’ is not only capable of competing, but winning the race.Mourinho, who has strengthened his team by bringing in strikers Diego Costa and Didier Drogba for Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, is currently under performing by his own astronomically high standards.The fingers of his trigger-happy boss Roman Abramovich will be twitching, though, if Chelsea are trophy less again come May. The two-time Champions League winner has never gone three seasons without winning something and has some important questions to answer to avoid that unwanted personal record. 6 6 6 4) Why has the deadwood stayed and legends left? – Chelsea have tried and failed to flog Fernando Torres and no-one will ever know why his form has dipped so dramatically since his Liverpool transfer. It smacks of the Andriy Shevchenko fiasco all over again. Torres took up a valubale spot Romelu Lukaku could have filled, while Jon Obi Mikel is another one not pulling his weight, but content to sit on the bench, and why not given his £75,000 a week wage? The departure of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard was worrying given their talent and experience. 5) Is Mourinho the manager or a pundit? – The announcement that Mourinho has signed three-year contract as a BT Sport pundit was puzzling. Managers give their expert analysis in print, radio and on TV but no-one else has signed a contract of this nature. Mourinho is able to give his analysis on the competitions his team are no longer involved in, but as Chelsea challenge for the quadruple, his appearances could be very limited indeed. Mourinhos time and loyalty is now split between what is best for the club and what is best for his personal image. Chelsea Football Club should always come first, unless he is looking for his next career move already? 6 6) What happened to the touchline suits? – Mourinho was undoubtedly the best dressed manager on the touchline in his first stint as manager. Sticking to sleek, elegant suits and that Armani overcoat, he stood out, along with Arsene Wenger, in a sea of tracksuits. Admittedly the Special One wears his better than most. Win a trophy, though, and you can wear Tony Pulis’ hat for all we care… 6 1) Is Diego Costa the new Luiz Suarez for better and for worse? Click the arrow for more questions – Jose Mourinho has never gone three seasons without winning something, so the manager has some important questions to answer to avoid that record. On the surface, £31m man Costa is a great signing. The powerful strikers 28 goals fired Atletico Madrid to La Liga glory and the Champions League final last season. He has been brought in to guarantee at least 20 goals, something no Chelsea striker managed in the last campaign, and Mourinho will be hoping his recent and pre-season form wasnt a fluke. However, discipline is clearly an issue. Temperamental Costa is no Chewy Luis but he has 59 yellow cards and seven red cards in more than 160 games during his time in Spain. 6 2) Didier Drogba: shrewd signing or sentimental nonsense? – Mourinho made jokes about Samuel Etoo’s age last season, then signed Didier Drogba, who is three years older than Etoo. The Cameroon international’s goals were crucial, while 36-year-old Drogba’s Galatasaray form was unconvincing, with 15 goals in total. However, his unshakable bond with Mourinho gives the Chelsea boss a strong dressing room ally who commands respect, but if Costa loses form and Fernando Torres gets injured, it is unclear whether Drogba can score the goals required.
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