José Mourinho took charge of his 152nd Premier League game in charge of Chelsea yesterday – the equivalent of four full seasons.
The Portuguese manager arrived from FC Porto in the summer of 2004 and led the Blues to two Premier League titles in his first three seasons before leaving 6 games into the 2007-08 season.
After winning league titles in Italy and Spain with Internazionale and Real Madrid respectively, José Mourinho made his anticipated return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
While Chelsea currently lead the Premier League, both Liverpool (1 point behind with 1 game in hand) and Manchester City (2 points behind with 2 games in hand) could both overtake Mourinho’s side by avoiding defeats in their games in hand.
No manager to have taken charge of a full season in the Premier League has a high winning percentage as the current Chelsea manager has produced in his first 152 games (70%). His record in a short space of time is amazing – although it must be said that Sir Alex Ferguson got the better of him during his third season in charge at Stamford Bridge back in 2006-07.
José Mourinho’s first 152 Premier League results are as follows:
The Portuguese manager is undefeated in his first 76 games at Stamford Bridge – winning 60 and drawing 16. Only Bolton Wanderers (2-2), Blackburn Rovers (2-4), Fulham (2-3), Reading (2-2), Fulham (2-2), Bolton Wanderers (2-2), Birmingham City (2-3) and West Bromwich Albion (2-2) have scored as many as two goals in a single game as visitors to Stamford Bridge against Mourinho’s side – no team has scored three.
Of teams to beat Mourinho’s Chelsea in their own stadium, only Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United have achieved this more than once (all twice).