By Greg Stobart
Chelsea players and staff have been eagerly anticipating the return of Jose Mourinho, according to former Blues striker Tore Andre Flo.
Mourinho faces the press on Monday at Stamford Bridge for the first time since his return to the club was confirmed.
And Flo, who now works within the youth set-up at the club, felt the excitement surrounding the imminent arrival of the Special One, who he believes will produce the best form from the likes of John Terry, as well as new additions.
"I think his strength is his connection with the players," Flo told Goal. "I wouldn't be surprised if he gets John Terry to be as good as he was some years ago again.
"Frank Lampard, he had a brilliant season last season, and he seems to be in great form, and with some new players he is going to bring in, I think that it smells like gold to me."
Chelsea are expected to spend big this summer, with a deal in place to sign Vitesse Arnhem youngster Marco van Ginkel, while the pursuit of Andre Schurrle continues.
After losing out on Falcao to Monaco, a marquee striker continues to elude the club, but Flo is confident Fernando Torres will be close to his best next season, while Edinson Cavani remains a target.
"First of all I was very surprised that Falcao didn't come to Chelsea, I thought that was almost a done deal," he said.
"I think Torres picked up quite well lately. He cost £50 million when he came, obviously that was a very big pressure on his shoulders. I think maybe that has eased a little bit now and he seems to be a bit more relaxed, so maybe he could have a brilliant season.
"There's also rumours about Cavani from Napoli coming, so we'll see. It's an exciting time to see what they're going to do."
Mourinho was sacked by the club in September 2007, but the Norwegian expects the Portuguese's stay at Stamford Bridge to end in happier circumstances second time around.
He added: "He [Mourinho] is the Special One. It has risen all the atmosphere and everything around Chelsea, and I really hope it will work out."