All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including the upcoming Champions League clash with Galatasaray.
Chelsea journeyed to Turkey yesterday ahead of the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 knockout clash against Galatasaray in a match the Blues will hope to obtain a positive result in order to take an away goal or two back to Stamford Bridge, next month.
However, the game may well now have added intrigue as Gala boss Roberto Mancini has ignited a managerial war of words with Jose Mourinho by claiming that the Internazionale team he won the Champions League with was one built by the Italian himself.
Mancini doubted that Mourinho is the better coach with the superior record and is quoted by The Telegraph to have said: 'Mourinho won the Champions League because he took a good team. He took a team that, like Manchester City, I had built. A team that had a strong mentality. When I went to Inter, they played very bad football and we changed this.
'To win a Champions League you should be lucky. Champions League is a difficult competition but a strange one. Strange because you can win your group in October, November, December and, after maybe February [in the knockout stages], everything can change.'
Speaking of Jose's experience with Inter, there are numerous players he coached in Milan he holds a particular affection for, including playmaker Wesley Sneijder, now at Gala, who called Mourinho crafty today, and Samuel Eto'o, who Mourinho was caught on camera making jokes over.
Canal Plus recorded Mourinho to have said: 'The problem with Chelsea is we lack a scorer. I have one [Eto'o] but he's 32. Maybe 35, who knows?'
At a conference today he fired back: 'I think you should be embarrassed as media professionals because by the ethical point of view I don't think you are happy that your colleague is able to record a private conversation and to make it public.
'I think you should all be a bit embarrassed because it is against your ethic that you have in your work. Is it a not happy comment? Absolutely. But I think from an ethical point of view it is a real disgrace. I am not defending what I am saying, I am attacking something that is fundamental from your professional area. That person showed what he is or what he does not know about the job.'
And finally, speculation over the future of Diego Costa continues, with one Atletico Madrid chief claiming there will come a time where they will need to sell, while another said a player-plus-cash deal does not interest them.
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