Mourinho eyes Champions League joy

Jose Mourinho believes Inter Milan can go all the way in the

Champions League if they overcome Chelsea in their last-16 tie.

The two teams will meet in Italy next Wednesday before

playing the second leg at Stamford Bridge on March 16.

It is one of the most exciting ties of the round and Mourinho

admits Inter would have preferred to face someone else in their

quest to reach the last eight.

However, the Portuguese is relishing the challenge of facing

his former club and has reiterated that he does not believe Chelsea

have changed much since his departure in 2007.

“It will be very hard to advance and I think both Inter and

Chelsea could have wished for an easier opponent at such an early

stage in the tournament, but I think if we get past Chelsea we can

reach the final,” he told Sport magazine.

“I don’t think that many things have changed since I left the

club. If you take Branislav Ivanovic and Nicolas Anelka away, you

have almost the same squad I left.

“Chelsea can use the fact that their team have played

together since 2004, but it is also important to note that Inter

have won four championships in a row with almost the same team.”

Mourinho insists that he will not allow himself to get

emotional when he returns to Stamford Bridge next month.

“I only have good memories from Chelsea. I won two

championships in three years and I think I would have won many more

titles,” he said.

“I’m confident that I would have won the Champions League

with Chelsea at some point too. But sentimental? No.

“Maybe I will think about Chelsea for one or two seconds when

I return to Stamford Bridge, but it won’t be anything I will spend

a lot of time thinking about. I will face this match like any

other.”