Jose Mourinho will take charge of his first competitive game since his return to Chelsea when the Blues welcome Hull City to Stamford Bridge on Aug. 18. During his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho conceded that it will be an emotional occasion as he returns to his seat in his dugout in front of his fans, as reported by The Daily Express.
Chelsea have the best opening day record in the Premier League, with an average of 2.09 points collected from their first fixtures. The Blues concede an average of one goal per game whist scoring 2.5, and with Mourinho back home they will be favourites to continue in the same vein.
The Special One has spoken of his desire to return Stamford Bridge to the fortress it was during his first reign when he oversaw 60 Premier League games without defeat. He has set himself up with an insurance policy by saying:
I have to lose some time. Two seasons in Porto, no defeats at home, three and a half at Chelsea, no defeats at home, two at Inter, no defeats at home. That's not normal. My team is going to be strong at home? Yes, for sure. We are going to win lots of matches at home, for sure. We are not going to lose many points at home, for sure. But if we lose a match I think it's not a drama, it's normal. We are ready.
However, there are few who believe that he will taste defeat against the Tigers.
Mourinho will lead a closed training session at Stamford Bridge on the eve of the match in order to familiarise his new players with the layout of the stadium. Although nothing will be able to prepare them for the incredible atmosphere they will face the following day, being able to find their way to the dressing room should help to settle any nerves.
The BBC is forecasting temperatures in the high teens/low 20s for Sunday afternoon, and the sunny spells will surely add to the air of positivity. With new players out to impress and veterans looking to prove that they still have the prowess to compete in the Premier League, the Blues will give everything they have to start their campaign with an emphatic win.