London: Perhaps only Jose Mourinho could survive as Chelsea manager following a trophyless season. Surely another year of failure would stretch the patience of owner Roman Abramovich again. (Complete football coverage)
When his six years in exile from Stamford Bridge ended last year, Mourinho could reasonably claim that time was required to rebuild the squad he inherited from the years of chaotic management. (Also read: Teams target Manchester City | Can Sunderland make an impact?)
Still, finishing just four points behind Manchester City in the title race showed that Chelsea was far from being a spent force. Unexpected setbacks against lower-ranking sides denied Mourinho a third Premier League success to add to the 2005 and 2006 titles, with an envied 78-match unbeaten league run at Stamford Bridge ending.