Chelsea pre-match latest: Including Tottenham Hotspur preview and Mourinho

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea ahead of the crucial match against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to end Tottenham Hotspur’s hoodoo at Stamford Bridge tonight, with the Spurs manager aiming for a first win at Chelsea since 1990. A Chelsea win will guarantee them a Champions League place, whilst even if they lose the Blues will remain in third place, level with Spurs and one point ahead of Arsenal.

The big news around football today is the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years at Manchester United, and his departure could impact on Chelsea’s pursuit of Jose Mourinho this summer. Chelsea’s move for Mourinho has apparently stalled due to issues over his buy-out clause at Real Madrid, and the Portuguese manager is one of the bookies’ favourites to replace Ferguson at Old Trafford.

John Terry has praised Mourinho today, and suggested that the former Chelsea manager is the man that the fans want in charge at Stamford Bridge:

“Jose has a great relationship with our fans as we won the Premier League and other titles with him. They have clearly shown he is the man they want after everything he won and, for them, he is still the Special One.”

Demba Ba has also commented on the speculation linking Mourinho with a return to Chelsea, saying that the players are excited at the prospect of playing under the Portuguese coach, and that Mourinho is still appreciated by everyone at the club.

Rafa Benitez has said that he views his tenure at Chelsea as a great experience, and that he will be said when he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer. The Spaniard is hoping to leave on a high by winning the Europa League and delivering a top four finish.

Ahead of tonight’s match, Andre Villas-Boas has indicated that Frank Lampard undermined him during his spell at Stamford Bridge:

“Yes, there was a lack of support from Frank Lampard but his ability and quality were never in doubt."

Gary Cahill today paid tribute to Villas-Boas, saying he had proved himself a good manager at Spurs despite how things ended at Chelsea.

On HITC today we look at the links suggesting Chelsea are chasing Atletico Madrid playmaker Arda Turan, and Jenny Leigh outlines why she believes tonight’s game with Tottenham Hotspur will be a goalless draw. We also have a piece reporting on the boost Chelsea and Manchester United might have received in their pursuit of Radamel Falcao.

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