THE ghost of Jose Mourinho never goes away. The Special One left Stamford Bridge nearly five years ago. But still his name features large when it comes to Chelsea’s Champions League fate.
Sitting in the Nou Camp last night, keeper Petr Cech joked when asked if the team had had a briefing from Mourinho: “Yeah, we had a tactical meeting a few hours ago. He showed us the whole file and we tried to get it down”.
But there may have been more than a kernel of truth in his quip.
For Sun UK has learned that Mourinho sent good luck texts to his old-boys Cech, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
And Rui Faria, one of Mourinho’s henchman who also worked at Chelsea, gave assistant boss Steve Holland a tactical analysis of how Real got between Barca’s defenders to win El Clasico on Saturday to virtually tie up La Liga title.
Mourinho is always lurking somewhere in the background.
He could be waiting for Chelsea in the final itself should Roberto Di Matteo’s side pull off a shock and eliminate Barcelona tonight and Jose’s Real overcome Bayern Munich tomorrow.
He told his former players: “You can do it and so can we. See you in Munich”.
With a 1-0 lead from the first leg, Chelsea are convinced they can fulfil Mourinho’s prophecy.