Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists he’s not surprised by Chelsea’s success this season, only by their style of play.
Chelsea have a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table after finishing tenth last season.
He was in charge during the 2014/15 campaign but was sacked less than seven months later as the team were just a point above the relegation zone.
Speaking about Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final, Mourinho claims he has the right players in place to break down their defensive approach.
“I’m not surprised (by Chelsea’s success). I’m surprised with the way they play,” he said.
“I’m surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football.
“I think they are very good defensively and I think they have fantastic players to be a counter-attack team and to kill opponents with three or four players.
“I’m not looking for revenge,” he said. “I’m not looking for anything wrong or bad.
“If you say (going back to Chelsea is) something special, maybe (it is) special to have (club official) Gary Staker in the tunnel before and after the match, a close, super friend. Another thing is to go to Spurs – I don’t even know the name of the gentleman that is in the tunnel.
“If it’s different (playing Chelsea), it’s different in a positive way.”
Our first trip to Stamford Bridge with Mourinho ended in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Antonio Conte’s men in October and Mourinho won’t be looking to let that happen again.
The FA Cup quarter-final will be a tough draw but there’s no doubt United have come a long way since our last clash against Chelsea, and although we’ll be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the players are more used to Mourinho’s tactics and have every chance to win.