Going into the last international break, each one of Jose Mourinho's supposed 'rival' managers were standing, at best, on the brink of crisis.

Manuel Pellegrini, Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and even Mourinho's old mentor Louis Van Gaal were being made to look stupid in comparison with 'The Special One'.

It is lucky, then, that the Chelsea boss is not prone to smugness, for then he might become utterly unbearable...

Mourinho has actually been either polite or non-committal when invited to have a dig at those rivals in recent week - his self-satisfaction kept under wraps.

Yet when invited to praise Chelsea's Champions League-winning manager Roberto Di Matteo before they crossed swords in the Champions League, Mourinho returned to his sniffy self.

Suggesting that Chelsea conquered Europe in 2012 despite of the Italian was rather unfair. The quality of Chelsea's defending in the semi-final against Barcelona in the semi and Bayern Munich in the final suggested they had been thoroughly well drilled.

But no, Chelsea were not the best team in Europe that season. They finished sixth in the Premier League and pulled off a couple of epic backs-to-the-wall victories.

Such things happen in the Champions League, Mourinho's European champions at Porto and Inter Milan are testimony to that.

Yet Chelsea's brutal 5-0 demolition of Di Matteo's Schalke in Gelsenkirchen suggests they really might be the most complete team in Europe this season.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich may all possess a little more star quality but Chelsea are simply without a weak link.

Their recruitment strategy over the past two windows has been superbly targeted and executed - Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas were the exact players Mourinho needed. Compare and contrast with the scattergun approaches of Tottenham and Liverpool.

Compare the balance of their squad to the lopsided nature of Arsenal's or Manchester United's.

And Mourinho's supreme self-confidence leads to a ruthless decisiveness which sees Ashley Cole bombed out in favour of a specialist right-back in Cesar Azplicueta, club player of the year Juan Mata moved on with barely a murmur and the great Petr Cech replaced by Thibaut Courtois.

Mourinho is forensic in identifying the decline of a player before the rest of the world has noticed.

What has been noted - not least by Mourinho himself - is that he took a significant pay cut to come home to Chelsea from Real Madrid.

A four-year deal worth £33million will keep the Portuguese off the breadline but his £8.3m salary is lower than at Real or Inter.
In a recent interview, he mentioned that he would 'sign tomorrow' if offered a six-year contract extension.

No trophies have yet been won during Mourinho's second coming but you would fully expect an improved deal for the manager to be on Roman Abramovich's agenda soon.

Otherwise Paris St Germain's Qatari owners, who have close links with Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes, will begin to circle.

Mourinho won't go, not with a Chelsea team as good as this, but some unsettling noises off may soon be heard.

Many of us doubted whether Mourinho and Abramovich could work together successfully after the breakdown of their working relationship the first time around.

We were wrong. Mourinho is at home in familiar surroundings and, by all accounts, is now happier to be a team player among the club's hierarchy.

As a result of this, the Chelsea team of 2014-15 team will not only be champions; they will be regarded alongside Manchester United's 1999 Treble winners and Arsenal's 2004 Invincibles as the finest teams in Premier League history.

Then Mourinho might allow himself a little public smugness. For he has plenty to be smug about.