Jose Mourinho may have had breakfast on the mind when talking about his team in the pre-match press conference this afternoon.
In possibly one of the oddest analogies ever broadcast, Mourinho compared his young Chelsea stars 'beautiful young eggs', which he promises to father in to the latter stages of the Champions League.
Mourinho departed Stamford Bridge shortly after a 1-1 draw against Rosenborg in September 2007.
At the time, Mourinho released a cryptic parting shot to Roman Abramovich saying: "In the supermarket, you have eggs class one, class two, class three. Some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. So when the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem."
Since returning to Chelsea, he has been assigned not only with delivering success but also developing a plethora of young talent.
Asked about his new batch of eggs, Mourinho told reporters: "Beautiful young eggs, eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work and improve them and one day we'll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."
Chelsea return to the Champions League tomorrow night after becoming the first reigning champions to crash out at the group stage last season.
They responded to the exit by winning the Europa League, but Mourinho believes a club like Chelsea should not be competing in such a competition.
"Last season Chelsea went outside his natural habitat, which is the Champions League.
"Chelsea went out to a competition that is not Chelsea's competition. We don't want to do that again.
"It's important for a team of kids. It's very, very important for them to play on the big stage and the big stage is the Champions League."
Chelsea kick off their Champions League campaign tomorrow evening against Swiss side FC Basel at Stamford Bridge.
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