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Mourinho targets sweet revenge over Chelsea

LONDON: Jose Mourinho returns to Chelsea with the ultimate revenge mission on his mind as Inter Milan attempt to knock his former club out of the Champions League.

Mourinho will be back at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday for the first time since being sacked in 2007 after losing a power struggle with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his host of advisors.

The Inter boss has visited his old stamping ground on a scouting mission since his shock exit, but this is his first chance to inflict a significant wound on the men that plotted to force him out.

Abramovich has made winning the Champions League the top priority for all the four managers who have led Chelsea since Mourinho's departure, but none have succeeded and the Inter boss could hardly be expected not to take extra pleasure from denying Abramovich his dream for another year.

Whatever the fractious nature of the relationship between Mourinho and his former employers, even Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti admits his counterpart is certain to be given a rapturous reception by the Stamford Bridge fans.

Mourinho has already acknowledged it will be an emotional day but Inter striker Samuel Eto'o insists his manager is far too cool and calculating to let the occasion distract him from the task at hand.

“Mourinho going back to Chelsea is a big thing for him but he is very professional and will be prepared for the situation,” Eto'o said.

Mourinho turned previously under-achieving Chelsea into two-time Premier League winner and also lifted the FA Cup and League Cup during his tumultuous three-year reign.

The schedule: Last 16: Second leg: Chelsea v Inter Milan (First leg: 1-2); Sevilla v CSKA Moscow (First leg: 1-1)