Jose Mourinho: We will be champions again next season
Jose Mourinho told Chelsea supporters to pencil a date in their diary for another victory parade next season after Monday’s open-top bus procession through west London.
The Blues lifted the Premier League trophy following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland and won the Capital One Cup in March for Mourinho’s first trophies of his second spell at the club.
Now the 52-year-old self-proclaimed Special One has told Blues fans to expect another celebration next May.
Mourinho said over the public address system: “Thank you for everything, for all your support. Book another place for the parade next season. I hope we can give you that.”
Mourinho then attempted to sing a Chelsea anthem, but apparently did not know the words.
“Blue is the colour, la, la, la, la,” he sang.
The departing Didier Drogba soaked up the acclaim on the first of three buses which took Chelsea players staff and owner Roman Abramovich from Stamford Bridge along Fulham Broadway and King’s Road. The European Youth League and FA Youth Cup-winning squad were also present. The parade, which took place in front of an estimated 70,000 people, many of whom threw celery as part of a strange Chelsea tradition, paused at Eel Brook Common before returning to Stamford Bridge.
Among the songs was one led by John Obi Mikel about Petr Cech, who has one year remaining on his contract but has been linked with a move after being displaced after 10 years as first-choice goalkeeper.
“Petr Cech we want you to stay,” sang Mikel.
With Drogba going and Cech possibly leaving, captain John Terry could be the last survivor of the 2004/05 squad which delivered Chelsea’s first title in 50 years.
Terry, who played every Premier League minute this season, has signed a new contract and wishes to stay on for some time, but knows the time will come when he must say goodbye, too.
The 34-year-old said: “It’s my best season (and) I’m delighted to still be here. I’m going to be sad to go, but one day it will come to an end.”