Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he would “salute” Iker Casillas when Chelsea face Porto in the Champions League.
The former Real Madrid manager and the veteran goalkeeper did not exactly see eye to eye while the Portuguese was manager at Real Madrid.
Mourinho dropped Casillas from the first team after a prolong feud between the two and some uninspiring displays by the Spanish No 1.
Despite their past differences, Mourinho says there will be no bad blood between him and the Spain international – who swapped Madrid for Porto this summer – at the Estadio do Dragao.
“I know what you’re asking,” the Portuguese coach said when a Spanish reporter began asking a question regarding the veteran shot-stopper, who is set to play for a record 152nd time in the Champions League.
“I’ll salute Casillas tomorrow. There’s no point wasting time discussing it.”
Mourinho made a name for himself while at Porto winning the UEFA Champions League in 2004, a season after winning the UEFA Cup. Mourinho praised Porto stating that he was not surprised to see them top of the league in Portugal.
“The fact Porto are top of the Portuguese league is totally normal because of the quality of their squad,” he continued. “Away games in the Champions League are always difficult.
“Porto are a big side and want to win, but they also know we are not a weak team.”
Mourinho said everybody in his squad is fit and ready to play against the Portuguese top flight table-toppers aside from injured goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
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