Mourinho returns to Porto for Champions League clash

By Niall Clarke

  • Mourinho’s Chelsea side Travel to Porto
  • The Chelsea manager had previously won the Champions League with Porto
  • Arsenal host Olympiacos

Jose Mourinho will be hoping to make a triumphant return to the Estadio do Dragao when his Chelsea side face FC Porto in the Champions League.

Mourinho had previously managed Porto to Champions League success in 2004, a feat he has yet to accomplish in his two reigns as Chelsea boss.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will be looking to put their defeat in Zagreb behind them when they host Olympiacos at the Emirates.

FC Porto vs Chelsea

The Portuguese has fond memories of Porto. Mourinho won back to back European titles with the The Dragões as well as domestic leagues and cups. Tuesday night he returns to his former employers with an intent to achieve with Chelsea what he did with the Portuguese club.

The Blues started out with a 4-0 win at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv, but face a much sterner test when they travel to Porto.

Despite the route of the Israelies at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s domestic form leaves a lot to be desired. The Premier League champions currently lie 15th in the table.

A 2-2 draw against Newcastle at the weekend was not the ideal preparation, but Chelsea can welcome back Diego Costa who is still available to play European games. Apart from that there are no new injury woes for Mourinho.

Porto will welcome back midfielder Yacine Brahim, who hurt his knee against Moreirense on Friday. Hector Herrera and Silvestre Varela have been left out of the squad.

Mournho will not only be re-uniting with his former club, but also goalkeeper Iker Casillas whom he managed at Real Madrid.

Arsenal vs Olympiacos

The Gunners meanwhile got off to a disastrous start with a 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb. They welcome Olympiacos to the Emirates on Tuesday with hopes of getting their campaign back on track.

Olympiacos are dominant domestically, winning the Greek title for the past five seasons and winning all their league games so far. However, like Arsenal they did not kick off their Champions League campaign as they would have hoped. The Greek side stumbled to a 3-0 defeat at home to Bayern Munich.

The Gunners could welcome holding midfielder Francis Coquelin back, following a knee problem which kept him out of last Saturday’s 5-2 Premier League win at Leicester.

Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are expected to miss the game due to injury. Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all remain out.

Olivier Giroud will serve his one match ban after being sent off in Zagreb two weeks ago. Defender Gabriel will return to the side after serving his domestic suspension at the weekend.

Olympiakos midfielder Luka Milivojevic is still serving a European suspension for his red card against Dnipro in last season’s Europa League. Defender Manuel da Costa is also out with a knee injury.

Full fixtures

Kick off times 19:45 unless stated

Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs Dynamo Kyiv

Zenit St Petersburg vs Gent

Bayern Munich vs Dinamo Zagreb

Barcelona vs Bayer Leverkusen

FC Porto vs Chelsea

Lyon vs Valencia

BATE Borisov vs Roma

Arsenal vs Olympiacos

Arsenal and Chelsea will kick off their games at 19:45 Tuesday evening.

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