Jose questions Chelsea ‘strength’

Former Stamford Bridge honcho Mourinho has stoked the fire ahead of

his side’s Champions League last-16 clash with the Blues. Carlo

Ancelotti’s side head into Wednesday’s first leg at the San Siro

sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, four points clear

of champions Manchester United with 11 games remaining. But

Mourinho believes his former team are far from invincible, having

drawn four and lost four of their 27 league matches under

Ancelotti. Quoted in several national newspapers, the Portuguese

coach said: “The Premier League is never easy – every game normally

is difficult. “But when a team is strong, strong, strong, strong,

strong, it doesn’t lose so many matches, so many points.” Mourinho,

who led Porto to Champions League glory in 2004 and Chelsea to

consecutive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, is relishing

the clash with his old club. But he is hoping his former players

will not take any extra delight in beating his team, should they

manage to do so over two legs. “If a Chelsea player is happier to

beat me than to beat another manager I will be very sad,” he said.

“I just don’t understand that. I can’t think there would be any

special pleasure from that. “Just as if I am happier to beat them

than to beat another team, then I think they have a reason to be

very unhappy with me. “We’re all professionals. I want to win, they

want to win. “Somebody will win, somebody will lose – this we know,

this we accept. But there should be nothing more.”