Jose: I don’t lose at the Bridge

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.”