Chelsea can put their domestic woes to one side and earn some respite for Mourinho in Portugal
Chelsea’s Premier League form continues to have as many ups as downs but they won their Champions League opener, against Maccabi Tel Avib, 4-0 and will be looking for three more points against Porto in the Estadio Do Dragao this week.
Porto, of course is familiar territory for Jose Mourinho. He led the Dragons to unlikely Champions League glory in 2004, establishing his name among the coaching greats. But his reputation has taken a bit of a battering lately with the Blues well below the standards that ‘The Special One’ demands – he described their first-half performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at winless Newcastle as a ‘minus one out of 10’.
Julen Lopetegui’s side are unbeaten in domestic football this season and gained a creditable 2-2 draw with Dinamo Kiev in Ukraine in their Group G opener so are going to be no pushovers. But they maybe without winger Yacine Brahimi against Chelsea, who have Diego Costa available despite his domestic ban. Radamel Falcao could play against the club where he made his name while Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas played under Mourinho at Real Madrid, though the two didn’t always see eye-to-eye.
Chelsea were read the riot act after Saturday’s performance and could be fired up to put one over their manager’s old club. They are 37/20 to pick up all three points in our Full Time Result betting with a 0-1 Correct Score available at 11/2.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 29th at the Estadio Do Dragao
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