Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Sunday's Premier League opener at home to Hull City will be an emotional occasion as he takes charge of the team at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2007.
Portuguese Mourinho, whose first stint in west London brought sustained success to the club and also saw him cultivate a close relationship with Blues fans, returned to Chelsea this summer following an eventful three-year spell in charge of La Liga giants Real Madrid.
And ahead of Sunday's reunion with those same adoring supporters, Mourinho says it will be a challenge to keep his feelings in check.
"When I go to my stadium, my dug out, my people, I will have to control it a little bit," he told reporters. "It will be a couple of minutes and then I can concentrate on the game.
"We train there (Stamford Bridge) tomorrow because I want the boys to know where the dressing room is, where the dugout is."
Yet despite the sense of emotion that will inevitably be attached to the clash against the newly-promoted Tigers, Mourinho has urged supporters to concentrate their efforts on supporting his players.
"I will feel something different for sure. On Sunday, I think the fans will focus on me and [owner] Roman [Abramovich] but then they have to forget us and focus on the team."
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