Back for Mour

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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