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Ancelotti plays down Mourinho return

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Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti insists his players will not be distracted by former boss Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Mourinho will be back at his old stamping ground for the first since he was sacked by the club in September 2007. Inter have a 2-1 lead from the opening leg of the last-16 tie in the San Siro but Ancelotti is confident there will be no divided loyalties among a squad that was largely constructed by the self-appointed 'Special One'.

"I'm sure they're not distracted by his return," said Ancelotti.

"For Mourinho, it'll be a special evening. The fans will give him a very good reception, one he deserves.

"But the match will be another thing. The players are not involved in other things.

"All the Chelsea players and Inter players are focused on the game, an important game. The other things they're not interested in.

"Jose has great experience. He has won the Champions League and won a lot of titles in different countries.

"The difference in this game will be the different play, the different confidence, the difference courage and personality that the teams put out on the pitch. That will be the difference.

"I hope there will be a third English club in the quarter-finals.

"Arsenal and Manchester United did a good job. Now we have to do the same Tuesday."

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