Mourinho needs backing to rebuild Chelsea, says Hoddle

The former Stamford Bridge boss expects the 50-year-old to bring in more signings to strengthen the Blues, but warns that the new manager faces a challenge this summer
Glen Hoddle insists Jose Mourinho needs backing if he is to successfully rebuild Chelsea following his return to the club from Real Madrid.

The Blues have already signed Andre Schurrle this summer but, speaking to Goal, the former England manager says he expects more arrivals as the Portuguese strengthens his squad.

"I think he’s coming in at a time where that rebuild is continuing. If they’ve got money like that, Manchester City and Chelsea, they can rebuild every season. Whether that’s healthy is another thing that will only be shown in the results," he said.

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"It wasn’t healthy enough for Manchester City was it? They didn’t buy that great in the summer. They won the league but they didn’t win the battle for the transfer market, so you would think that Chelsea would really look to strengthen the squad and give Mourinho the opportunity to rebuild the team."

Hoddle, who was player-manager at Chelsea from 1993-96, also believes Mourinho may have to change his approach slightly, due to the nature of the players he currently has at his disposal at Stamford Bridge.

"I’m intrigued whether he’ll make those changes in his philosophy. He’s got a system of players there that play with freedom in Oscar, Mata and Hazard. They’ve had immense flexibility and I’ve loved the way Chelsea have played at times, with one striker – whoever that might be – ahead of them," he added.

"That’s going to be a challenge for him, because it’s not really a system he would like to play. He plays a little more restricted than that. Their full backs always push high up the pitch, whereas he usually has them deeper.

"So is Mourinho going to change to the Chelsea way that they’re playing now or is he going to change Chelsea back into how he wants it done? That’s the intriguing thing for me this year, and I’ll be very interested to see which one he does.

"If he does one or the other the same scenario’s going to be there for him, win silverware. But he’ll do whatever he thinks is right to win football matches, I’m pretty sure of that."

Hoddle was speaking at the launch of the Fans All Star Global Vote 2013, offering football supporters the opportunity to pick their ultimate European and Rest of the World XI’s.

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