Jose Mourinho will be going back to Stamford Bridge for the third time since he left, for the second time.
Manchester United go into the clash on the back of a 2-0 win over Benfica in the Champions League, and a disciplined win against Spurs last Saturday.
The Blues will be determined to put a poor 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Europe behind them, and get their title defence back on track with a win against Manchester United who second on the log; 4 points better than the Blues.
Here’s what Mourinho said to the press
HOW MUCH HAVE MANCHESTER UNITED’S PLAYERS DEVELOPED SINCE THEIR LAST VISIT TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
Jose gave an amusing response: “Maybe Rashford – two centimetres. Scott McTominay – three,” he joked.
ON TOTTENHAM’S REMARKABLE WIN OVER REAL MADRID.
Mourinho said : “They beat Liverpool 4-1 and Real Madrid 3-1 but did not score against Manchester United, so we deserve credit.”
“I don’t want to comment. Because if I comment I’m going to do a job that’s not my job and sometimes I feel I could or should and sometimes I need to cool down and think I shouldn’t.
“I know that it’s a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason. Similar performances for some clubs are magic are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude by the players and for other teams the same time of performance is seen as negative.
“But honestly just as an example Spurs beat Liverpool and Real Madrid and Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve.”
“We have to wait a little bit. Normally the press conference is a bit later in the week – we still have Friday and Saturday.
“I’m not very optimistic, but I don’t want to lie by saying there’s no chance of recovering, so I prefer just to say two more days to confirm my expectation.
“The next two days will be important.”
ON THE BIG GAME AT STAMFORD BRIDGE
Jose has been back to Stamford Bridge with both Inter Milan and United as an opposing manager, and he said:
“It is a big match, it is between two of the top teams in the country.
“I played there with Inter and twice with Manchester United, I admit it is a little bit different.”
“No distraction, it’s just a change of the normal training time.
“Because I cannot be in the morning.”
ON HIS RETURN TO STAMFORD BRIDGE
“One day you are at one club, the next you are at another.
“I have to admit it’s a little bit different but, in the end, I want to win like I did with Inter and last season.
“In a couple of years it will be natural. In four or five years people will forget I was Chelsea manager.
ANY EXTRA PRESSURE?
“It’s a big match because they are the champions but, by the emotional point of view, it’s just one more game.”