Football: Mourinho aims to keep 'eggs' in natural 'habitat'
LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho vowed to make amends for Chelsea's Champions League group stage elimination last season by keeping his "eggs" in their "natural habit" this term.
Six years to the day since Mourinho last took charge of the Blues in the Champions League, Chelsea host Swiss champions Basel on Wednesday in their opening Group E fixture.
After leaving Real Madrid this summer, Mourinho returned to Chelsea in June charged with the task of nurturing a developing squad full of potential, and he appears keen to play down expectations.
Asked what his eggs are like now, in a reference to an analogy he made just before leaving the club in 2007, Mourinho said: "Beautiful young eggs, eggs that need a mum, in this case a dad, to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blankets and to work and improve them and one day we'll arrive in a moment when the weather changes, the sun rises, we break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."