Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Schalke

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 4 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Mourinho's a big Clarke fan

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the extra work Steve Clarke took on as his assistant provided him with the perfect preparation for life as a manager.

Last Updated: 09/11/13 at 14:12 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Clarke's assistant role was perfect preparation for managemen

Jose Mourinho: Clarke's assistant role was perfect preparation for managemen

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Clarke takes his West Brom side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, where he will go head-to-head with his former boss and take on a side for whom he made more than 300 appearances as a player.

Mourinho insists he knew Clarke would be a managerial success because of his background in the coaching game and the workload he took on under Avram Grant, Gianfranco Zola and Kenny Dalglish when he left Chelsea.

"We have stayed in touch but have not been speaking about our jobs directly," Mourinho said of Clarke.

"He had a good experience with me but he had a good experience during his playing career. He was always very focused and very organised.

"In other cases for sure he was more than an assistant coach, he was in control of training sessions and match preparation so he had very good experience and when he became a manager for the first time he was very well prepared.

"I knew he would do very well and I'm so happy with that. He knows that every match he plays I am with him and wishing that he wins, but tomorrow is obviously not the case.

"I'm of course very happy to meet him, before and after the match it will not be the same thing to play against Steve than against any other manager."

The Baggies have only lost once in their past seven Premier League games, a run that includes a 2-1 win against champions Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Mourinho knows his team, who are second in the league table going into the contest, will be in for a difficult afternoon.

"He is very good," Mourinho added. "He organises his team very well from a defensive point of view and it is very difficult to play against his team because they defend so well.

"They are always a difficult team and this season we have simple examples, they stopped Arsenal winning and won at Old Trafford, Steve's teams are always difficult."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

an we get one on the similarities between this year's Arsenal and 5 years ago. Or any other number you care to pick frankly...it shouldn't be hard.

mc1728
Liverpool: Five Similiarities Five Years On

R

icky van Wolfswinkel's remarkable record of one goal from one game at least deserves an honourable mention. And I'm willing to bet that at least one of Costa, Ulloa or Enner Valencia will earn a place on the list by the end of the season. Probably not Costa

stevenjameshyde
Top Ten PL Strikers Who Started Like A Train...

I

will also give up birthday Christmas and bacon for this to happen

badwolf
Ronaldo return ‘in place’

Footer 365

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Champions League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Dortmund deserved victory

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits his side were 'average' following their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Champions League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises side after Ludogorets win

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praised his side's character as they battled to a late 2-1 win over Ludogorets.

Mail Box

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

Forget it, Ronaldo Won't Come Back

A varied morning mailbox, with thoughts on Ronaldo, Daley Blind = Michael Carrick, Ed Woodward redemption, stick with Pardew, QPR's name change and marbles...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property