If Mourinho is feeling the pressure of maintaining his record of winning league titles within two years at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he's not showing it. 'He's 29, with five years in the Premier League and lots of experience. "Nemanja and Michael Carrick who, in spite of his age has a role to play, I am happy with these players that I call stability players". That is normal, but that is not enough. 'I was thinking I needed three transfer windows, but after two I have a good group and the club as a football club is much better equipped.
And Steve De La Cour said that Chelsea are a "weird selling club", highlighting that they also sold goalkeeper Petr Cech to rivals Arsenal. Hands up, this writer wanted Tiemoue Bakayoko, and even liked the idea of Eric Dier, but it was clear Matic was the manager's first choice and we were okay with that because his record in the market was very good past year.
"The manager told me I have to do my job, Paul has to do his. They can still be like new players for us later in the season, so we are fine".
He added: "We are going to try to give a hard fight to the top teams in Europe in the Champions League. I think the competition can be better than ever". "We have to continue to work like this".
On our first video show of the season, Nipun made an excellent point; Matic does nearly everything, almost as well as all of our other midfielders, but perhaps one point remained which is crucial - he is an upgrade on Michael Carrick now, without question, and on his league debut he looked like Carrick at his best.
Having been accused last season of being too downbeat and complaining about his lonely life in Manchester, Mourinho enters 2017-18 cutting a different figure. "But I will behave on the touchline, even if goals are offside", he said.
"And that's something I really like in players - consistency". I want the Champions League to start.