Date: 15th April 2017 at 3:21pm
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Chelsea have already played Manchester United twice this season.

The first meeting, in the Premier League, saw Chelsea win 4-0, a result that was Mourinho`s worst in his Premier League career.

The second meeting saw Chelsea edge past Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final.

On both occasions there has been a dark cloud over Mourinho, in the first meeting he verbally abused Antonio Conte, after the Italian celebrated Chelsea`s fourth goal and in the second meeting Mourinho dished out the verbal insults after the Stamford Bridge crowd barracked him.

Ahead of the game though Mourinho has tried to play down the importance of taking on a club with whom he had so much success as a manager, remarking,

‘It’s not for no reason that they are top of the league.

‘It’s not just because they’re fresh but they have individual quality and they have collective quality.

‘They have a certain style of play, they stick to it, they do it very well.

‘For me, it is just a game. One more game. No difference for me.’


Really?

As for Antonio Conte, he also spoke about tangling with Mourinho for a third time this season, remarking,

‘I have zero problems with Mourinho. It’s only a sporting competition between him and me.

‘There is a game of football. I want to try and win with my team. He wants to try and win with his team. It’s normal to be at conflict during the game, but only a sporting conflict.’


Can Chelsea get the better of a Mourinho managed Manchester United for a third time this season?

 
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3 Replies to “United v Chelsea – Views From the Benches”

  • Forget the praise, Mourinho knows he can’t beat Chelsea not even at old Trafford. His praise of Chelsea is his subtle way of conceding defeat. I am sure he wants to give priority to the Europa cup as his only chance of qualifying his team for the champions league next season especially given the fact that he has so many injury concerns. Oh poor Mourinho, hapless against his former employers.

  • Andy Dunn of The Mirror:
    “In his first stint at Chelsea, mischief was never far away and, while it was easier to be fresher and funnier when winning, the same was true second time around ? there were pranks in press conferences, theatrically ­walking out as his press officer walked in.

    There have been lighter moments at Old Trafford and players tell of a good atmosphere in training. How long that will continue if Mourinho continues to dig certain players out is anybody?s guess.”

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