It has been 17 years since the ‘Special One’ delivered in his debut season with Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho guided the Blues to their first top-flight title in 50 years, breaking the duopoly of Arsenal and Manchester United in the process. In the end, it proved a canter for Chelsea who lost just once to finish 12 points clear of the Gunners.
It was the first of three Chelsea titles for Mourinho, and one that cemented several first-team stars as club legends. The Blues have five Premier League titles in now, with Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte adding to the trophy cabinet in 2009 and 2016 respectively. 17 years on, here is a look at what Chelsea’s title winners are up to now…
The Southampton academy graduate is now a regular contributor on a range of Premier League and England topics for Betting Expert. Bridge married former Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford in 2014, and the couple have two children together.
After more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, Cech would conclude his playing career with a four-year spell at London rivals Arsenal. The 39-year-old is back with Chelsea now, working as a technical and performance advisor.
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The Portugal international formed a rock-solid partnership alongside John Terry, and followed Mourinho to Real Madrid. Carvalho’s most recent role in football was as Andre Villas-Boas’ assistant manager at Marseille.
The popular former Blues’ goalkeeper spent a decade between the sticks, and returned to the club following his time with LA Galaxy. Cudicini worked as an assistant under Antonio Conte and kept the position with Maurizio Sarri, and changed roles in 2019 to become a loan player technical coach.
Cole returned to Chelsea following his retirement, and spent more than a year working as an academy coach. The 40-year-old left this role in the summer of 2020 with the intention of gaining experience elsewhere for a crack in management, although the former England international has most recently been seen as a BT Sport pundit.
The Chelsea legend returned for a second spell with the Blues, and finished his career in North America with Monteal Impact and Phoenix Rising. Drogba was bidding to become the president of the Ivorian Football Federation last week, but came third in the three-way race.
Like many of his former Chelsea team-mates, Duff has taken steps into coaching and management since retiring in 2015. The former winger is now the manager of Irish Premier Division side Shelbourne, following on from spells as a coach with Celtic and Shamrock Rovers, as well as an assistant with the national side.
The former Icelandic international finally brought the curtain down on a 23-year playing career with a brief spell at Indian side FC Pune CIty at the age of 37. Gudjohnsen went into coaching, and his most recent spell in the dugout came as an assistant with his national side.
The former full-back finally brought to an 18-year association with the Blues to an end last month. Ferreira spent nine years as a defender, before working as a club ambassador and a loan player technical coach.
The French defender left the Blues for Arsenal in extraordinary circumstances following the remarkable own-goal claim, and finishing his playing career with Perth Glory in 2014. The two-time Premier League winner regularly offers his insights via Genting Casino.
The versatile former Cameroon international is a regular interviewee on the subject of former clubs such as Chelsea, Newcastle and Real Madrid. Geremi was recently pictured in the stands at St James’ Park with new co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi.
Jarosik was a mid-season arrival and made enough appearances to earn a Premier League medal, as well as starting the League Cup final win over Liverpool. The former Czech Republic international is now in charge of Czech First League side FK Teplice.
The former England international enjoyed spells with Portsmouth, Liverpool and Stoke City before retiring. Johnson has now turned his hand to the business world, and is currently CEO of family-run property firm Johnson Real Estate as well as the founder of investment firm Bed of Honey.
Kezman netted the winner in the League Cup final win over Liverpool, but otherwise struggled during his single season at Stamford Bridge. The former striker is now working as a football agent, and previously worked as a director of football at Serbian side FK Vojvodina.
The Chelsea legend is currently battling to keep Everton in the Premier League, having taken over from Rafa Benitez in January. The goalscoring midfielder first managed with Derby County, and then led his beloved Blues during the transfer ban before being replaced by current boss Thomas Tuchel.
The player so good they named a position after him, Makelele is currently with Chelsea working as a technical mentor. The former holding midfielder has had two brief spells as a manager at Bastia and Eupen, as an assistant at Paris Saint-Germain and Swansea, and as a technical director at AS Monaco.
The former England international took his first steps into management with rivals Fulham, and brought the Cottagers back into the Premier League before suffering relegation again. Parker is currently in charge at Bournemouth, with the Cherries looking to seal a top-flight return.
The Dutch winger finally called time on his illustrious playing career last year after a sentimental return to first clubGroningen. Robben was known for his pace down the wings, and his first attempt at a marathon was recently circulated on social media after an impressive finish time of three hours and 13 minutes.
The former Blues’ skipper finished his playing days at Aston Villa, and began his coaching career under Dean Smith. Terry left in anticipation of a first managerial job, but the 41-year-old is still searching for a position despite previous links to Swansea City.
The Russian international was a bit-part player throughout his three-year stint with the Blues, and was loaned to Porstmouth and Charlton Athletic on either side of the title triumph. Smertin is now working with the Russian Football Union as their anti-racism and discrimination inspector.
The Portuguese midfielder was a key player in the title-winning side but left that summer after the arrival of Michael Essien. The 40-year-old finished his career with Atletico Madrid, and became a coach under Diego Simeone before a brief spell as a manager at Vitoria Guimaraes in 2020.