Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

David Healy: Just like Beckham, Mourinho will be left feeling disappointed

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

This week the hype went into overdrive about David Beckham facing Manchester United. As it turned out, Becks was overshadowed with Wayne Rooney scoring twice in his side’s 3-2 win over AC Milan at the San Siro.

Rooney’s on fire and deserves all the praise coming his way at the moment.

He’s delivered in the Premier League this season and in midweek he produced the goods in one of the most famous stadiums in the world.

I’m not surprised that after the match Beckham said Rooney could inspire England to World Cup glory in the summer.

Rooney’s heroics helped make it a cracking game at the San Siro and there will be another next week in the Champions League when Chelsea go up against Inter Milan.

We’ve had Beckham v United which turned into AC Milan v Rooney.

Now we’re going to have Mourinho v Chelsea and when Jose is involved you never quite know what is going to happen.

Mourinho is one of the most colourful and controversial characters that football has had in the last decade.

I’ll always remember him dancing down the touchline at Old Trafford after his Porto side scored to knock United out of the Champions League.

From that moment on he has been stirring it up.

Apart from his ability to get at opponents before, during and after games it’s worth saying that he is one heck of a manager.

He won the European Cup with Porto, took Chelsea to their first league title in 50 years and has dominated Italian football since taking over at Inter Milan.

His teams always seem to be virtually invincible on home turf.

That’s another reason why Chelsea’s clash with Inter is so intriguing.

In big matches in the past Mourinho has made a habit of playing mind games before kick-off.

I know people are wondering if he will do it against Chelsea and the players who give him their all when he was at Stamford Bridge.

Over the years of course he has gone toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in football like Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez and the current Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, when he was at AC Milan.

Ultimately Mourinho will do what he feels will help him win the tie and get Inter into the last eight of the competition.

And if that means winding things up ahead of the match, he’ll do it.

Jose might need to use every trick in the book because Inter don’t have a good record against English sides in Europe of late.

Inter have lost to Manchester United and Liverpool and as was shown in the San Siro earlier this week, Serie A remains behind the Premier League.

Chelsea, as we all know, are an extremely strong outfit and they won’t be fazed by taking on their old boss.

Some have said that since he left the Bridge, Chelsea’s players haven’t won the trophies they should have done, so perhaps this is a chance for them to make a point.

Like Beckham, my hunch is that Mourinho will be left disappointed against his old team with Chelsea joining Manchester in the quarter-finals.

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