On this day in 2004, Mourinho officially became the new Chelsea coach. Over the two terms here, which player is his most special contract?
Jose Mourinho brought many stars to Chelsea, but not counting Petr Cech and Arjen Robben, who came under Claudio Ranieri. Below is a ranking of the 10 most successful signings of “The Special One” by Sport Bible site.
1. Didier Drogba
Chelsea will never win the Champions League if the Ivory Coast striker does not always appear in big matches.
More than 100 Drogba’s goals have earned Mourinho 4 Premier League titles, 4, FA Cup, 3 League Cups and 1 C1 Cup.
Drogba is considered one of the best contracts in Premier League history and is undoubtedly the best of Mourinho.
2. Ashley Cole
Cole was probably the best left-back in the world during his time at Chelsea, who was indispensable for the team in both attack and defense. Equally important, with this contract, Chelsea also weakened Arsenal.
He has only won one Premier League title but has 4 FA Cups, 1 League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.
3. Ricardo Carvalho
Carvalho followed Mourinho from Porto to become the perfect partner for John Terry, even the best center-back in the Premier League.
Carvalho won 2 championships in Portugal, 2 in the UK and 1 in La Liga all tied with Mourinho.
4. Michael Essien
Essien is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world when he first moved to Chelsea, contributing to two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the C1 Cup.
5. Paulo Ferreira
Ferreira also followed Mourinho from Porto and was part of the initial success with Chelsea. The defender played 214 games in 9 years at Stamford Bridge.
6. Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas may not be at his best at Chelsea but he has a better bond with Diego Costa than any modern-day duo.
He won 2 Premier League titles with the FA Cup and League Cup while here.
7. John Obi Mikel
Mikel is a solid and reliable player for the squad that Mourinho built. He played 372 games over 10 years with Chelsea to win 2 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups, the C1 Cup and the Europa League.
8. Diego Costa
Diego Costa played a crucial role for Mourinho to win the second term in Chelsea, scoring 20 goals in his first season in England.
9. Florent Malouda
Malouda arrived in July 2007 and Mourinho left just two months later. However Malouda still played 228 games for the Blues, scored 45 goals, created 43 times, won the Premier League, won 3 FA Cups and the Champions League.
10. Nemanja Matic
The Serbian midfielder has won two championships with Chelsea and has occupied an exclusive position in the middle line for a long time.