Petr Cech would welcome Jose Mourinho back at Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach was installed as Claudio Ranieri’s successor at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004, shortly after leading Porto to a surprising UEFA Champions League success. Whilst he was unable to do likewise with the London club, he did lead them to their first league title in 50 years during his first campaign in charge, and retained the trophy the following season.
Mourinho also secured an FA Cup and two League Cups for the Blues, before he was controversially dismissed in the early stages of the 2007-08 campaign. He later went on to enjoy success in Italy, winning two Scudetto’s and another Champions League with Internazionale, and last season, he got the better of Barcelona as his Real Madrid side were crowned champions of Spain.
The 50-year-old has been tipped to leave the Bernabeu during the summer, and he has been linked with making a sensational return to Chelsea, who are certain to part company with the unpopular Rafael Benitez once his interim spell in charge ends in May. And Cech, who was a cornerstone of Mourinho’s success in England, would certainly welcome the return of The Special One.
“We had fantastic success with him, so why not? He is a fantastic manager,” the goalkeeper is quoted in the Daily Star. “Of course the fans sing his name. Jose Mourinho did a fantastic job for the club and people loved him, so he rightly deserved that. This is the way it should be, the fans should pay their respect for the players and ex-players who come here to the Bridge.”
Mourinho, meanwhile, is currently busy preparing his Real side for their Champions League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Following a first leg 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital the Reds enter the tie as slight favourites, but Los Blancos are hitting form at the right time. After dumping Barcelona out of the Copa del Rey at the Camp Nou last midweek, they again beat their fierce rivals in La Liga on Saturday, this time in the capital.