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Broody Mou Eggs On Chelsea Youngsters

Six years after Jose Mourinho was first sacked by Chelsea, the Portuguese manager has come home to roost.

And ahead of his first Champions League match back in charge, against Basel on Wednesday night, The Special One has returned to a metaphor he used, just as his first relationship with Roman Abramovich grew rotten and cracked.

Mourinho had grown exasperated by the Chelsea’s owner’s sudden new transfer policy, which had gone from lavish spending to recruiting players on free transfers six seasons ago.

And so, ahead of their Champions League group stage opening game against Rosenborg that season, Mou gave the policy a gentle beating.

"If you have no eggs, you have no omelette," he said.

"And it depends upon the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket you have Class One, Class Two and Class Three eggs. Some are more expensive than others, and some give you better omelettes. So when the Class One eggs are in [expensive supermarket] Waitrose and you cannot go there, you have a problem."

Abramovich did not crow when he heard Mourinho’s remarks, and The Special One was soon sent packing.

Six years later, on the eve of Chelsea’s assault on the competition Mou most covets, he has revisited the metaphor of the eggs.

Only this time, Mourinho is happy with the “beautiful, young eggs” he has to whip into something delicious.

Fresh-faced youngsters Marco van Ginkel, Kevin De Bruyne, Oscar and Eden Hazard are all expected to start against Basel, lowering the average age of the Chelsea line-up drastically.

And Mourinho is now chirping like a broody hen, claiming that he has found a batch of eggs at Chelsea that he must help to hatch.

"Beautiful, young eggs," he said of his new Chelsea squad.

"Eggs that need a mum or, in this case, a dad to take care of them, to keep them warm during the winter, to bring the blanket and work and improve them. One day the moment will arrive when the weather changes, the sun rises, you break the eggs and the eggs are ready to go for life at the top level."

Having won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, and come close with Chelsea and Real Madrid, the competition is Mourinho’s natural habitat, his farm yard if you will.

And he is determined that Chelsea will emerge as the cocks of the competition, and not hens pecking for scraps in the Europa League.

"I want to qualify because that would be important for everyone, not least for this team of kids," he said.

"If you think, as we do in the club, about the evolution of the players and the team, it's important for them to play on a big stage like the Champions League. We don't think the Europa League is the best habitat for players who we want to be big players. They have to play Champions League."

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