On this latest return to his old club, the boss says he will treat the fixture like any other, regardless of his personal history with the Blues.
It is a key clash for the Reds, on the back of the thrilling comeback against Newcastle United and the international break, with Saturday’s hosts being seven points ahead, with the same 20-point tally as leaders Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool.
“For me, it’s another game,”
he said at his pre-match press conference.
“Would I celebrate like crazy, my team’s goal at Stamford Bridge or my team’s victory at Stamford Bridge? I don’t think so.”
I think I would try always to control myself and to respect the stadium and the supporters who were my supporters and [what was] my stadium for many years.
So I think that I would always think about where I am, which stadium I am [in], which crowd is in the stands, but just that. Apart from that, it is just another match for me. It is a match that I want to do well in, for my players, my team, for my supporters – that’s what I want.