Jose hints at squad changes
Speaking following last night's Champions League exit at the semi-final stage, Mourinho outlined his desire to bounce back next season, albeit without some of his tried and trusted players.
Not naming them in person, Mourinho said: "Next season the group will be little different to the group we have now.
"Our intention is to keep a big percentage of these players, maybe two or three changes which is normal in a club like us."
Just who will leave and who will replace them is a source of contention.
John Terry and Frank Lampard have yet to sign new contracts while Andriy Shevchenko has, by all accounts, had a miserable season.
The big name stars like Joe Cole and Didier Drogba's futures are assured, but question marks over Shaun Wright-Phillips and Arjen Robben remain.
Both wingers have been linked to other clubs and reports suggest Chelsea were willing to offload SWP to Aston Villa during the January transfer window.
John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou are kids who will get better next season. But what of the likes of Paulo Ferrieria and Wayne Bridge?
Both full-backs are not first choice but need first team games.
With Glen Johnson earmarked for a return from his on-loan spell at Portsmouth, Chelsea might feel the time is right to end Paulo's Chelsea career.
Clearly another proven striker is required while a midfielder with a bit of guile would not go amiss.
All and all it's going to be a hectic 15 weeks untill the start of the next campaign.
Mourinho is sure to be manager then, but another heart-breaking loss in the Champions League will almost certainly signal his departure from Stamford Bridge.
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