Jose Mourinho relishing ‘fantastic’ Real Madrid showdown

Jose Mourinho admits he is delighted to be coming up against his former club when Chelsea take on Real Madrid on Wednesday

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Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho admits he is delighted to be coming up against his former club when Chelsea take on Real Madrid in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Wednesday.

Mourinho’s Chelsea beat AC Milan 2-0 on Sunday night, as goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle booked their place in the showpiece of the pre-season tournament.

And the 50-year-old coach, who returned to Stamford Bridge in June after quitting Real Madrid, is looking forward to pitting his wits against his former employers and ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“Real Madrid is playing this competition in pre-season here because I organised it for them,” said Mourinho.

“I did it knowing I was not doing the pre-season with them. After that. I did it with my new club and we knew it was very possible we would meet Real. They won their matches, we won ours and we are there.

“For us it’s very good. We play against a very special team with very special players, in a competition we are not obsessed to win.

“I will still make changes, one team one half, another team another. We are not there with an obsession to get a result, but to improve. It’s a very good experience and I look forward to it,’ he continued.

“I think it’s the best for us because we want to play the best teams. We always thought Asia was a pre-season with a more social point of view and was fantastic for our club, but pre-season here is to improve and arrive in the best conditions for official competition.

“We played Inter and Milan, two big teams, and now against Real, so for us it’s fantastic, especially for our young players, and we have a lot, [who have played for] clubs not with our dimension used to big crowds, stadiums, and opponents. To play Real is the best thing that could happen.”

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