Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Mourinho will not have an affect on Chelsea stars

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has said his players will not be distracted by former boss Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League this evening.

Mourinho will be back at his old stamping ground for the first since he was sacked by the club in September 2007.

Inter have a 2-1 lead from the opening leg of the last-16 tie in the San Siro but Ancelotti is confident there will be no divided loyalties among a squad that was largely constructed by the self-appointed ‘Special One'.

“I'm sure they're not distracted by his return,” said Ancelotti. “For Mourinho, it'll be a special evening. The fans will give him a very good reception, one he deserves.

“But the match will be another thing. The players are not involved in other things.

“All the Chelsea players and Inter players are focused on the game, an important game. The other things they're not interested in.

“Jose has great experience. He has won the Champions League and won a lot of titles in different countries.

“The difference in this game will be the different play, the different confidence, the difference courage and personality that the teams put out on the pitch. That will be the difference.

“I hope there will be a third English club in the quarter-finals.

“Arsenal and Manchester United did a good job. Now we have to do the same.”

Chelsea's goalkeeping crisis remains acute with Ross Turnbull set to play only the second Champions League game of his career.

Turnbull, who made his league debut for the club in Saturday's |4-1 demolition of West Ham, will play against Milan due to Petr Cech's calf injury and Hilario's groin problem.

The former Middlesbrough goalkeeper's only previous experience of Champions League football was the 2-2 home draw with Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia in the group stage.

Ancelotti confirmed: “It's not possible for Cech or Hilario to recover, so Turnbull will play and Rhys Taylor will stay on the bench like on Saturday.

“There's no chance of me taking a risk on Cech. Turnbull is a confident lad and we have confidence in him. Until now, Cech has not trained so it's impossible that he might play.

“We have to play well as a team. Cech is injured, but Turnbull is a good keeper who has played very well this season and improved every day. It's not a problem.”

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