It was around this time two years ago that Chelsea and Jose Mourinho began plotting his return to Stamford Bridge.
It was a telegraphed return. His Real Madrid experience was coming to an end amid acrimony and accusations, and the fact that he had three years left on his deal at the Bernabeu wasn't worth, for either side, the paper it was written on. Meanwhile, Chelsea's own manager, Rafa Benitez, was due to leave Stamford Bridge in a few weeks.
From the earliest meetings between Chelsea and Mourinho,...
The world learnt a few things on Sunday; it learnt that Chelsea are Premier League champions, it learnt that Palace are no pushovers and it also learnt that Jose Mourinho is an Eagle.
Well, sort of.
The Chelsea boss turned to face the Palace fans in the away end at Stamford Bridge at halftime and gave them big thumbs up. They had, of course, been singing their hearts out for 45 minutes. He then turned to the home fans behind the dugout and shook his head before simulating sleep.
This week's edition of Heroes and Villains features entire teams that have exemplified their clubs' swings-and-ladders seasons in the Premier League, while goalies were both worshiped and vilified.
For all the talk of a tired Chelsea staggering over the line, Jose Mourinho's side won the Premier League title with their sixth win in seven games. Even when they're fatigued and diminished by injury, that's what they do; they win. Over and over again. And when they can't win, they rarely lose....