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What's Better For Mourinho?

Jose Mourinho is apparently a proper patriot: the Chelsea manager stressed he would be cheering on Benfica on the Wednesday as United try to avoid last season's disaster.

The Blues manager feels Benfica should be able to pull of a sensational result at Old Trafford but only if the Eagles play to their best.

Of course, we don't pay much attention to what he has to say. But this time I'd like to ask him whether he's sure Benfica's progress would benefit his team? Or, would it benefit United?

It can be argued that the Reds made good use of their absence from the Champions League with a fantastic league form in the second part of the season. If we lose tomorrow, we'll be able to concentrate solely on domestic duties and that could deal a terminal blow to Chelsea's chances in the Prem as Abramovich is believed to be obsessed with winning the Champions League.

On the other hand, Arsenal's miserable league form reached rock bottom in the winter when no Champions League football was played and they underwent a sort of revival in the spring when they've eventually reached the CL final, too.

So it could be argued that success in the Champions League has an uplifting effect rather than an exhausting one, and apart from all the financial benefits, progressing is what we need to mount a serious title challenge.

I think Mourinho is right to support Benfica and not just because he's Portuguese. Elimination from the group stages for the second successive season would be a cruel blow, one that may cause serious damage. I believe the team would fall apart and that's why Mourinho should be rubbing his hands at the prospect of our early exit - and that's why we need to go through at all costs.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 5 2006

Time: 3:58PM

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It's very generous of you to analyse what's best for Chelsea. Conveniently, you therefore provide me with the information to help me decide how I will be supporting this evening. Thanks for that, and go Eagles!
EuroBlue
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05/12/2006 16:21:00

We're glad to be of service.
midlothian99
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05/12/2006 16:31:00

i heard mourinho is entering the NOVEL stakes, he is releasing a new book in the shops for xmas, " how to win friends and influence them " should be a classic best seller me thinks ;)
PUREGOLD
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05/12/2006 18:20:00

I used to find Jose quite amusing, sort of a foreign John Gregory. Now he's just an annoying**** that wont go away or shut up!
DeanoVilla
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06/12/2006 16:47:00

I would not have expected much less from jose....
ernshaw
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06/12/2006 22:07:00

 

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