Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is relishing a return match with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Champions League after recounting a tale of facing down the former Inter Milan striker in Italy, reports Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required).
When Mourinho was Inter boss, the San Siro club were already champions and the PSG striker was looking for a goal to make him the leading goalscorer in Serie A in 2009.
But when Mario Balotelli missed a chance instead of setting up the Sweden international, Ibrahimovic demanded to be taken off.
Mourinho is quoted as saying:
He was very angry and upset as he came at me.
He was shouting ‘We are champions, I helped a lot to make you champions, now nobody’s helping me. I want to go out now. I want to go out!’
But I pretended not to understand him. I pretended I couldn’t tell what he was saying.
I said ‘What? What? Do you want a drink, do you want some water?’ and I threw him a bottle. I told him ‘Here take a drink and go.’
And a few minutes later he scored a beautiful goal, one of those backheels of his that he often scores.
We won the game and he was the top scorer in the league — 25 goals I think. So he was happy in the end.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are facing an investigation after a former owner of partner club Vitesse Arnhem claimed the London side told the Dutch club to drop their hopes of reaching the Champions League, reports Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.