Both teams are currently setting the pace in their own domestic leagues and the Portuguese manager believes that there is no bigger game in the last 16.
“It’s a big game,” said Mourinho, 47. “It’s a big game for Inter, its a big game for Chelsea. It’s a big game also for Europe because I don’t see in these last 16-round matches another one with two teams of these dimensions. So I think this is the real big game of this last 16.”
The former Stamford Bridge manager saw his team battle to a goalless draw against Sampdoria in Serie A on Saturday with the Milan side having to play for over an hour with nine men after IvÃƒÂ¡n CÃƒÂ³rdoba and Walter Samuel were both red-carded.
Inter are currently five points clear at the summit of the Serie A table, while Chelsea hold a four-point lead over second-place Manchester United in the Premier League.
Looking ahead to Wednesday’s showdown, Mourinho said he will look at the game with the same emotion as “any Champions League match”.
“Not nervous, not excited, I promise you,” he continued. “I have to look at this game with the emotion of any Champions League game, without any extra adrenaline, motivation or extra pressure.”
Elsewhere in the Champions League this, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona travel to Stuttgart and Olympiakos host Bordeaux on Tuesday evening. CSKA Moscow then play Sevilla on Wednesday as Inter host Chelsea.
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