Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to go up against his former employer as United takes on Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho was given the boot by the Blues after a disappointing start to last season. With the then reigning champions losing nine out of 16 league games, the Portuguese manager left the club in mid-December. Mourinho was asked during a press conference to assess the current Blues side under new manager Antonio Conte.
“I don’t have to analyze their start to the season but, when you look at the table and you see where they are, in the middle positions, it cannot be bad,” Mourinho said. “I knew that working in England, staying in the Premier League, I would, sooner or later, have to play against Chelsea and I would have to go to Stamford Bridge. The computer has decided that I have to go now, so we go.”
Mourinho also said that the statement he made back in 2010 when he was the manager of Inter, saying that he’s lucky at Stamford Bridge, doesn’t hold true anymore.
“When I played there with Inter, before that, I had never lost a match at Stamford Bridge because I had that [unbeaten] home record,” Mourinho said. “Now, I lost already a few matches at the Bridge. Last season, I lost two or three matches so I cannot use the same words. Now, I lost there.”
Last season when the teams met at Stamford Bridge, the game ended in a 1-1 draw, with Jesse Lingard scoring for the Red Devils.