Jose: I don’t lose at the Bridge
Inter’s Jose Mourinho is expecting a happy return to Chelsea, insisting he does not lose at Stamford Bridge where his record is "unbeatable".
The Portuguese coach enjoyed three trophy-laden years in charge of the Blues between 2004 and 2007.
His success in England was built on the most formidable of home records, with Chelsea rarely tested never mind beaten in their own backyard.
Mourinho is set to return to west London on Tuesday with his current employers Inter Milan, with the Italians looking to defend a slender lead from the first leg of their Champions League clash.
A place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier club competition is up for grabs, with Inter holding a 2-1 advantage.
Mourinho is confident the Serie A giants will be the ones to book a place in the last eight, with his record at Stamford Bridge suggesting the Blues have it all to do.
"Everybody knows Mourinho doesn’t lose at Stamford Bridge," he said. "My record is unbeatable. It is amazing – we were so strong for such a long time."
While Mourinho is keen to drag up the past ahead of the crunch clash, midfielder Michael Ballack has warned that his mind games will not work.
The Germany international insists the Portuguese coach is ‘history’ and will not be allowed to stand in the way of the Blues’ quest to land the only major trophy to have eluded them over recent years.
"Jose won two League titles, that is why he is so popular here," said Ballack.
"But that is history and now we have a new coach, with new players.
"This competition is the one we couldn’t win until now. That is why we are so hungry."