MOURINHO RETURNS TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
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.