Chelsea boss reveals which player almost gave him a heart attack

Bojan Krkic

Stoke City’s Bojan Krkic faced Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho while playing for Barcelona.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic is the only player to almost give him a heart attack as he looked ahead to Monday's clash with the Potters.

The 24-year-old Spaniard came through the youth ranks at Barcelona and was heavily involved in the Catalan club's huge success under former boss Pep Guardiola.

He and the Blues boss have crossed paths before, but their encounter during that extraordinary night at the Nou Camp in 2010 still lives long in the memory.

Mourinho travelled to Barcelona as Inter boss protecting a 3-1 Champions League semi-final first-leg lead, and with a minute of the tie remaining Bojan fired in what would have been a highly controversial winner.

“Bojan is the only player that almost killed me with a heart attack because in the last minute of Barcelona against Inter in the semi-final of the Champions League (in 2010) he scored an amazing goal – offside! I looked to the other side and to the linesman – offside!,” Mourinho told Chelsea’s official website.

“Apart from that he is a very dangerous player who is adapting well to the Premier League, which is never easy for a striker.”

Those days and the much-criticised defensive tactics now seem a distant memory in comparison to the free-flowing Chelsea side Mourinho has built.

The Blues currently top the Premier League, and Tuesday’s quarter-final League Cup victory over Derby County have prompted many observers to tip the Blues for multiple trophies this season.

Mark Hughes’s Staffordshire outfit, however, have been tough opponents for the West Londoners in recent years, and in Bojan they have a player who will be keen to make an impression.

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