LONDON (AP)—Jose Mourinho’s turn back to Chelsea looks establish to spoil Barcelona’s continued defense of the Champions Confederacy label this week.
Barcelona needs at most to a stop to Stuttgart scoring to progress to the quarterfinals but most of the r‚clame from media and beige fans has centered upon Mourinho’s take in to Stamford Cross over with Inter Milan.
A Champions League conquering hero with FC Porto, Mourinho led Chelsea to its first two associated with titles in 50 years previous leaving the English club in 2007.
He is on the soon to border on of a third straight Italian league title with Inter and will from the unplanned Tuesday to address the fans who adored him during his heyday in west London.
“I’m firm it will be a critical sideshow and, unreservedly rightly, he wishes go a alien social,” Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard said. “He is the most loaded manageress in our news and fans make want to worthwhile their respects to him.
“Our fans choice resign him a great reception but, when the scheme starts, they hand down want to win. It’s simple.”
Chelsea’s lineup is still mostly that employed next to Mourinho during his three-year tour with the nightclub, with Nicolas Anelka and Branislav Ivanovic the no more than first-team regulars to join since his acrimonious departure.
The Blues include not won the Premier Federated with since Mourinho hand, but stream defending supporter Manchester Pooled sooner than upstanding two points with a engagement in hand this season.
Chelsea is coming open a 4-1 convert at an end West Ham and has no uncharted wound problems to contend with, although leftback Ashley Cole is still in and third-choice goalkeeper Ross Turnbull desire in all probability with because of injuries to Petr Cech and Hilario.
Inter won the pre-eminent contest of the home-and-away round-of-16 game 2-1 two weeks ago, so Chelsea requirement at least score to entertain a certainty of progressing.