Back for Mour
JOSE MOURINHO will always have a place in the hearts of Chelsea’s faithful but his former charges are hoping to make him suffer when he returns to Stamford Bridge as manager of Manchester United on Sunday.
Two days before being sacked in December a doomed Mourinho spoke of a “betrayal” of his work by some of the players who had propelled Chelsea to the Premier League title the previous season.
Fingers were pointed at Diego Costa, among others, and the Spain striker’s huge dip in form was a contributing factor to the Portuguese tactician’s bitter exit.
Costa has started this season like the marauding forward Mourinho signed from Atletico Madrid, scoring seven goals in eight Premier League games, and he will be relishing the highly-charged atmosphere expected on Sunday.
The visit to Stamford Bridge could hardly have come at a worse time for a United side who have won only one of their last five Premier League games to stall what had been a promising beginning to the Mourinho reign. Fifth-placed Chelsea have also had a whole week to prepare following their demolition of champions Leicester City last weekend while United have been working overtime. “This is not the week where we were expecting to close the distances to the top of the league. This is the week we have to keep contact with them,” he told the club’s website (www. manutd.com).
“Then we will arrive at the moment where we win three, four or five matches in a row and we will be there fighting with almost everybody for the title.”
Chelsea’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have the chance to leapfrog leaders Manchester City tomorrow.
Tottenham will go top if they win at Bournemouth in tomorrow’s early kickoff although Arsenal can respond later at home to Middlesbrough.
On Sunday, City host Southampton. – Reuters