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Jose Mourinho will be desperate for European glory

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There's something about the Champions League and Jose Mourinho.

A romance that first blossomed on the Old Trafford touchline in 2004, when Porto scored a late goal to dump Manchester United out of the competition, will once again be reignited when Mourinho takes charge of Chelsea tomorrow night.

He has been there before with the London club but this time he will be even more focused on delivering more European success for the Blues.

After all, it will be eight years to the day since Mourinho's last game in charge of Chelsea - a 1-1 home draw with Rosenborg - when Basel visit the Bridge on Wednesday.

It was the main hurdle which he couldn't conquer during his first spell in charge. 

Despite arriving in London having won the competition with Porto the season before, the best Mourinho managed was two semi-final defeats at the hands of Liverpool. That is something that must still resonate with him.

Upon leaving Chelsea, he guided Inter Milan to the famous trophy in his second season with the Italian club, but once finished with Inter, he failed to taste European glory during his short stint at Real Madrid.

In fact, when Mourinho was in Spain, Roberto Di Matteo guided Chelsea to their first Champions League trophy. He will surely be desperate to repeat that.

He will also be hoping to become the only manager in the competition's history to win the tournament with three different clubs. Although Mourinho always claims to take precious little notice of personal accolades, that is something we all know isn't true.

His ego craves success at the highest level, and truly being in a league of his own will also give him extra motivation to bring the trophy back to the Bridge.

Whilst pressure seems to be his kryptonite, even he might struggle to deal with the amount the Stamford Bridge have clearly placed on his head on his return to the club.

Now they have him back, Mourinho will be hoping he can repay their faith by falling in love with the tournament once again.

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