All of Jose Mourinho’s First Games Against His Former Clubs Ahead of Manchester United Reunion

?Less than one year after he was last in the dugout at Old Trafford, José Mourinho will return to Manchester United as an opposition manager after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

The 56-year-old has a perfect record from his opening three games in north London, and all eyes will be on how Mourinho gets on against his former side Manchester United in Wednesday’s narrative-filled match.

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho’s spent 19 years as a first-team manager in Europe, so it’s no surprise that along the way he’s been forced to return to his old stomping grounds in the latter stages of his career.

So ahead of his return to Old Trafford, what better time to look at exactly how Mourinho’s fared when he’s faced his old clubs.


S.L. Benfica

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho’s most well known for making his name at FC Porto, but he actually started his senior managerial career in Portugal’s capital with S.L. Benfica.

He only spent a few months in charge, but Mourinho was given the chance to face the Águias three years later when his Porto side welcomed Benfica to the Estádio do Dragão.

Mourinho named the likes of Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira in his starting lineup – as well as current Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo on the bench – when the two Portuguese giants met in September 2003.

Derlei put Porto into the lead at half-time, while an own-goal from Argel Fucks shortly after the break ensured all three points stayed in northwest Portugal.

Mourinho’s side also finished with a one-man advantage against José Antonio Camacho’s Benfica after defender Ricardo Rocha was shown a second yellow card just 20 minutes before the final whistle.


FC Porto

Jose Mourinho

One year and eight days after Mourinho’s win against Benfica, the Portuguese manager was once again in charge at the Estádio do Dragão, but this time he was sitting in the away dugout after taking over at Chelsea a few months earlier.

Mourinho, who’d just won the Champions League with Porto, unsurprisingly received a heroes welcome by the home fans.

But there wasn’t any love lost for Mourinho by the time the match kicked-off in their Champions League group stage match, and defensive midfielder Aleksey Smertin put Chelsea into a one-goal lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Didier Drogba added a second just after half-time to put Chelsea in control of the match, and although substitute Benni McCarthy did pull one back, captain John Terry rounded off the scoring against Porto to help the Blues qualify as Group H winners.


Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho’s second-longest spell as a manager came with Real Madrid, where he lifted a trophy every season he was at the Santiago Bernabéu before leaving the club in 2013.

But it wasn’t until he won the ‘Mourinho treble’ with Manchester United that he faced Los Blancos for the first time since he left, this time playing against his old side on neutral ground in the UEFA Super Cup.

There were over 30,000 fans packed into the Philip II Arena in Macedonia to watch Mourinho take on Real Madrid, but in a career first, the Portuguese manager actually lost his first game against his former club.

Casemiro put Real Madrid into the lead midway through the first half with a well-taken sliding finish, while Isco added a second goal just after half time when he combined with Gareth Bale before firing the ball underneath David de Gea.

Romelu Lukaku pulled one back when he reacted the quickest from Nemanja Mati?’s long-range shot, which was spilt by Keylor Navas, but it was too little too late in what is still the penultimate final in Mourinho’s career to date – United went on to lose the FA Cup final later that season.


Chelsea

Inter Milan's Portuguese coach Jose Mour

Mourinho avoided the poetic return to Stamford Bridge in his first-ever match against Chelsea, but the Portuguese manager did have to knock his former side out of the Champions League knockout stages in 2010.

His Inter side famously went on to win the competition that season, but not before goals from Diego Milito and Esteban Cambiasso either side of Salomon Kalou’s equaliser gave the Nerazzurri a vital win in the first knockout stage match at San Siro.

Samuel Eto’o’s late goal in the return leg at Stamford Bridge ensured that Inter booked their place in the quarter-finals, but his form against Chelsea dipped dramatically after taking over at Manchester United.

In seven games against the Blues, Mourinho’s United lost four times across all competitions, while they also drew once against Chelsea just a few weeks before he was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.


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FA Cup 3rd Round Draw: Liverpool Meet Everton, Man Utd Travel to Wolves & Arsenal Host Leeds

?The draw for the third round of the 2019/10 FA Cup has been made, with Liverpool set for another showdown with fierce rivals Everton at Anfield.

While they battle for bragging rights on Merseyside, fellow north-west giants Manchester United have a trip to Molineux in store as they lock horns with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the only other all-Premier League tie of the round.

Virgil van Dijk,Richarlison

Defending champions Manchester City welcome League Two side Port Vale to the Etihad Stadium. Chelsea entertain Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur travel to Middlesbrough, whilst Marcelo Bielsa takes his Leeds United team to north London for a clash with Arsenal.

Elsewhere in the third round, Norwich City come face to face with former manager Alex Neil, who is currently in charge of Preston North End, and Boston United – the lowest ranked club still in the competition – will host Newcastle United if they overcome Rochdale in their replay.

The full draw for the third round can be seen below:

?Leicester City vs? Wigan Athletic?
?Queens Park Rangers vs? ?Swansea City
?Fulham ?vs ?Aston Villa
?Chelsea ?vs Nottingham Forest?
?Wolverhampton Wanderers ?vs ?Manchester United
?Charlton Athletic ?vs ?West Bromwich Albion
Rochdale or Boston United? ?vs ?Newcastle United
?Cardiff City ?vs ?Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United
?Oxford United ?vs ?Exeter City or Hartlepool Town
?Sheffield United ?vs ?Fylde
?Southampton ?vs ?Huddersfield Town
?Liverpool ?vs ?Everton
?Bristol City ?vs ?Shrewsbury Town
?Bournemouth ?vs ?Luton Town
?Brighton & Hove Albion ?vs ?Sheffield Wednesday
?Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle ?vs ?Coventry City or Ipswich Town
?Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra ?vs ?Barnsley
?Manchester City ?vs ?Port Vale
?Middlesbrough ?vs ?Tottenham Hotspur
?Reading ?vs ?Blackpool
?Watford vs? ?Tranmere Rovers
?Preston North End ?vs ?Norwich City
?Millwall ?vs ?Newport County
?Crystal Palace ?vs ?Derby County
?Solihull Moors or Rotherham United ?vs ?Hull City
?Brentford ?vs ?Stoke City
?Fleetwood Town ?vs ?Portsmouth
?Arsenal ?vs ?Leeds United
?Gillingham ?vs ?West Ham United
?Burton Albion ?vs ?Northampton Town
?Burnley ?vs ?Peterborough United
?Birmingham City ?vs ?Blackburn Rovers

Ties will be played between Friday 3 and Monday 6 January.


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Chelsea Hopeful Tammy Abraham Will Be Fit for Aston Villa Clash on Wednesday

?Chelsea remain hopeful that striker Tammy Abraham will be fit for their Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Wednesday, following their collective attacking blank on Saturday in the 1-0 loss to West Ham.

With Abraham ruled out with a hip problem, the Blues struggled in front of goal, with Olivier Giroud called in from the cold to lead the line but unable to provide any inspiration up front.

England international Abraham picked up the issue during the 2-2 Champions League draw with Valencia last week and ?the Telegraph now say a final check will be made on his fitness on Tuesday.

Tammy Abraham

He is expected to start if he does overcome the problem, with Giroud frustratingly ineffective against West Ham and Michy Batshuayi left on the bench as manager Frank Lampard looked to Callum Hudson-Odoi, N’Golo Kante and Willian to make positive impressions from the bench.

The loss means Chelsea are now six points behind second placed Leicester and three behind third Manchester City.

Abraham has been Chelsea’s main goalscoring threat so far this season, netting ten Premier League goals after enjoying a successful campaign with Aston Villa during the 2018/19 term. He is behind only Jamie Vardy in the goalscoring charts, while he is also level with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Tammy Abraham

In other ?Chelsea team news, doubts remain over the fitness of defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Ross Barkley, while 23-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains a long-term absentee. Christian Pulisic and Willian are expected to start in the wide positions, with the former in terrific goalscoring form before Saturday’s blank.

They will face an ?Aston Villa side in good form on Wednesday. A 2-0 win over Newcastle was followed up with a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, leaving Dean Smith’s side 15th with 15 points.


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Juventus Sporting Director Meets With Chelsea to Discuss Potential Deals for Willian and Pedro

?Juventus have begun talks with Chelsea over potential deals for wingers Willian and Pedro, with both players out of contract next summer.

The Old Lady have been interested in Willian for some time, while their desire to sign Pedro has emerged only very recently.

Pedro Rodriguez,Willian

The pair are able to talk to European clubs in January and Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici has travelled to London to begin talks with Chelsea executives, according to both Tuttosport and Calciomercato.

?Juve are keen to do a deal for both players due to their versatility, as well as their current contract situations, and could potentially bring the ?Chelsea men in during the January window.

Maurizio Sarri worked with 33-year-old Pedro and 31-year-old Willian during his time at Stamford Bridge last season, in which they won the Europa League together.

The Brazilian has been at the club since 2013 after leaving Anzhi Makhachkala for approximately £30m, while the Blues brought in ?Pedro in 2015 following an illustrious spell with Barcelona.

The emergence of Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi – all of whom are 21 or under – has limited the influence of both players, especially Pedro who has only played four games in the ?Premier League this season.

?Willian has been significantly more involved featuring in 13 league games, and starting all of Chelsea’s Champions League fixtures this term, scoring three goals in all competitions.

However, the prospect of joining Juventus may prove too tempting for the Chelsea duo, who are nearing the latter days of their playing careers, and may seek success in Serie A with the Turin side – a league that neither attacker has played in.

Pedro,Willian

Juventus have recently poached a number of players on free transfers, including Emre Can from Liverpool and Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, as well as Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain.

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Frank Lampard Questions Chelsea ‘Character’ After Shock Defeat Against West Ham

Frank Lampard questioned the “character” of his side following Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to West Ham on Saturday, ?but the 41-year-old insists back-to-back defeats in the Premier League still doesn’t warrant any “harsh reactions and judgements” from fans.

Aaron Cresswell’s curling effort at the start of the second half proved to be enough for West Ham to register their first win across all competitions since September 22 – a nine-game run which included their Carabao Cup loss to Oxford.

Aaron Cresswell,Robert Snodgrass

Two defeats on the bounce for Chelsea could see their hold on the top four shortened to just five points by the end of matchday 14, but Lampard insists the club’s form over the last week shouldn’t be blown out of proportion.

I still believe in the squad,” Lampard stressed, quoted by The Sun. “But when you look at it today, we made some changes and we didn’t perform as well as we wanted to.

“That will be questions that are asked of us from the outside. It’s questions I will want asked for myself from the inside. We have shown some great stuff this season. I haven’t had to sit here many times and say: ‘We were below par today.’ Hardly at all.

“Today was one of those days. I don’t think it’s any time for harsh reactions and judgements across individuals or the team.

“It’s time for a look at a bit of character to see how our reaction is for Aston Villa.”


Lampard made a handful of changes as he looked to pick up three points against West Ham, with Willian, N’Golo KantéCesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen dropping out of the starting lineup from their midweek draw with Valencia.

“When we have a really taxing game where we give everything physically and arrive back late, I have to think about how fresh we can be,” he added. “We’re not going to get through this season with the same 10 or 11 players.

The team that we had out there for sure has the quality to win this game. The fact that we performed below par is the reason that we didn’t.”


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