If Conte is to beat Mourinho, he’ll need to answer these questions
When it comes to returns, this one takes some beating. Since his first spell at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho’s influence has been keenly felt at the Bridge. Even in the years between his first and second spells, you always felt that there was a special fire in Mourinho’s heart for west London and Stamford Bridge.
How will it feel, then, to look across the room and see him dancing with the Red Devils?
It’s also an emotional return given the circumstances of his departure. The last time Mourinho took charge of a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, he lost 1-0 to Bournemouth.
But there’s more to this game than Mourinho. There’s Premier League business to attend to. Much like United, Chelsea aren’t far off the pace in the title race, but haven’t totally convinced so far. And much like United again, a laboured win over Hull City and an impressive victory over champions Leicester City have instilled some belief that the Blues can get better. But they haven’t yet beaten a big team – this is where Antonio Conte needs to make a statement to the rest of the league.