Jose Mourinho on Inter: I'll forget feelings, Chelsea for the win!

José Mourinho

Blues boss looking forward to reuniting with his former players but will strive for a Chelsea victory…

The last time Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho saw Internazionale was when he guided them to the Champions League trophy in 2010.

It was a glorious campaign built on effective tactics that contained convincing victories against Chelsea, CSKA Moscow, a peak form Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Gabriel Milito was undoubtedly the star of the tournament having scored in every round, from the group stage through to the final where his two goals slayed the German giants.

Despite the success the Portuguese coach enjoyed with the Nerazzurri, Mourinho insists he will not allow feelings to prove an obstacle to Chelsea's pre-season preparations.

'May 2010 was the last time I was with them and now I will go to meet them,' said the 50-year-old to the club's official website. 'There are now only six or seven players from my time there but all of the staff are fantastic. I'm very much connected with them so it will be good.

'But despite it being a friendly we all want to try to win and during the match we forget these feelings, the same way I had to forget when I played Chelsea with Inter, and that was in the Champions League, not just a friendly.

'Inter are a good opponent,' he said, noting the variation in formation. 'Not many teams in England play the way they do; they play with five [in defence], four [in midfield] and one striker. They play strong, direct football and are very good on the counter attack, so it will be a good experience for us.'

Chelsea take on Inter in Indianapolis at 20:00 local time (01:00 Friday morning UK time).

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