MOUR­INHO RE­TURNS TO STAM­FORD BRIDGE

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Jose Mour­inho in­sists that he is re­turn­ing to Stam­ford Bridge with his Manch­ester United team to­day with­out any “bad feel­ings” to­wards the club that sacked him in De­cem­ber 2015. “To be sacked is foot­ball,” Mour­inho told Sky Sports. “In modern foot­ball es­pe­cially it can hap­pen to any­one.” Mour­inho won three Premier League ti­tles with Chelsea in two sep­a­rate stints as man­ager. “I have the ma­tu­rity to con­trol the emo­tion,” he added. “If my team score a goal am I go­ing to cel­e­brate like a crazy kid? No. “Am I go­ing to have a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion if the crowd has some­thing neg­a­tive with me? No.” Both teams head into the clash (7pm UAE time) with com­pre­hen­sive wins un­der their belt – Chelsea’s last game was a 3-0 drub­bing of Le­ices­ter while United are fresh from a 4-1 win over Fener­bahce in the Europa League. Though Mour­inho claimed that he was re­laxed and al­luded to the fact that Stam­ford Bridge was no more a lucky hunt­ing ground for him af­ter suf­fer­ing a string of de­feats in his last sea­son with Chelsea. Mean­while, Chelsea’s Ital­ian man­ager An­to­nio Conte was of the opin­ion that his pre­de­ces­sor should be given a warm wel­come. “I have great re­spect for him,” said for­mer Ju­ven­tus boss Conte. “He won three cham­pi­onships and I think he was an im­por­tant man for the club. “I think he de­serves a good re­cep­tion, be­cause he wrote with the club, with his play­ers, with the staff part of the story of this club.” Chelsea are two points ahead of United in the Premier League ta­ble and will look to ex­tend that lead.

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