Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic is the only player to have almost given him a heart attack during a match.
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium, Mourinho reminisced back to one of the most memorable matches of his entire managerial career: the 2010 Champions League semi-final between Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Inter, inspired by Mourinho, advanced to the final - and went on to win the competition - but only after Bojan had given the Portuguese coach an almighty fright.
Mourinho: Bojan almost killed me
As Mourinho explained: "Bojan is the only player that almost killed me with a heart attack.
“In the last minute of Barcelona Inter semi-final of the Champions League he scored an amazing goal - offside! I looked up to the linesman on the other side - offside!
“He’s the only one.”
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Bojan, 24, was once regarded as the most talented youngster to emerge from Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy since the great Lionel Messi. But the diminutive forward has struggled to fulfil his immense potential since bursting onto the scene in 2007.
Bojan settling in at Stoke City
However, following a series of loan spells on the continent, Bojan appears to have found a home at Stoke City, where he is currently in the process of establishing himself as an important player for the Potters.
And Mourinho believes the 5ft 7in forward could cause Chelsea problems at the start of next week unless kept quiet.
“Dangerous player, very dangerous player.,” Mourinho responded when asked about Bojan’s qualities. “Adapting well to the Premier League which is never easy for a striker but very dangerous player.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho confirmed that he believes first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will be fit to face Stoke City. He also feels both Kurt Zouma and Didier Drogba will be ready if required.
Stoke are still one of the teams top Premier League sides fear playing away from home because of their aggressive style of play, but Mourinho believes his team have the ability to match their opponents in terms of physicality.
Mourinho also acknowledged the changes in style at the Britannia Stadium since Mark Hughes arrived at the club. The Chelsea boss praised the groundwork put in over several years by Tony Pulis, but feels Hughes - a former Blues’ striker - has taken the team up a level since joining the club in May 2013.