Chelsea News : Mourinho is back at Stamford bridge
THE BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
These are some of the newspaper headlines which u might come across while browsing through sports news . the highly anticipated return of the “ special one “ to Stamford bridge had become the usual topic of discussion among the football lovers ever since the draw for the champions league round of 16 had been made . hence it is not surprising to see the excitement among the football enthusiasts and fans all round the world about the return leg of Chelsea vs inter Milan champions league tie. Tonite the whole world would be glued at the special one’s return to his former stamping ground , a place where he is revered , respected and adored .
Ancelotti has reiterated the fact that the return of “jose” would not act as a distraction in the blues quest for champions league glory . he has commented that mourinho deserves all the respect and adulations which he is about to get from the Chelsea faithful but on the pitch , it would be business as usual . The former Chelsea manager, meanwhile, said he would not be letting emotions sway him from his task of taking Inter to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005/06 . whatever it might be , we are assured of a treat tonight .
Its hard to say who is the favourite going into the tie . inter Milan have a slender one goal advantage whereas Chelsea have the all important away goal . the preparations of both the teams going into the match have been in stark contrast . on one hand , Chelsea romped to a 4-1 win over west ham whereas inter Milan lost its match to Catania . however such results matter little on a winner takes all night . chelsea’s form have been topsy turvy of late . although they played well in the first leg at the san siro , they went on to lose the match and then lose again to manchester city at home . however after the victory at Stamford bridge against west ham , things are looking positive again . inter Milan , on the other hand have seen their unconquerable lead at the top of the summit in serie a cut down to a mere single point . their form have slightly dipped and things are nor looking much rosy for them .
But tonite , it would be a different story for both the teams . Chelsea would be looking forward to playing in front of their home fans and record a win whereas inter Milan would definitely try to make their gaffer’s return to his former club a memorable occasion . Chelsea very well knows that a clean sheet is vital for its progress as conceding 2 or more goals would mean beating inter by a 2 goal margin which is a difficult job considering the fact the sheer brilliance of mourinho’s defensive tactics.
Tonite , it would not only be Chelsea vs inter Milan but also ancelotti vs mourinho . the two had a very infamous rivalry during ancelotti;s days at ac milan . although ancelotti has stayed away from controversies this time around , both the managers would love to beat the other and have the final laugh .
Coming to the team news , Chelsea would be handicapped in the absence of cech . although turnbull did a good job under the bar against west ham , the nerves and the skills of this young keeper would be put to severe test tonite. Ricardo carvalho has been given the green signal to play tonite after
recovering from a hamstring injury .Apart from that Chelsea have no fresh injury doubts .similarly inter Milan might retain the same squad for tonite’s game .
all in all , be ready to get enthralled and mesmerized by the electrifying atmosphere at the bridge . with the all important away goal , chelsea have a minor edge . whoever is the winner , expect a cracking game tonite . audios