Will Mourinho live to rue the Taste of England?

February 23, 2010

There is a wonderful little shop in the centre of Milan called “Taste of England”.

It sells everything a homesick Englishman would want but Italian supermarkets don’t sell. Baked beans, rock-hard chocolate bars, Earl Grey tea.

I wonder if a certain Portuguese working in Milan is a customer?

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho comes face to face with former side Chelsea and ex-AC Milan nemesis Carlo Ancelotti in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg.

Mourinho has made it perfectly clear to Italians over the past year and a half that he prefers English football, prefers the English media and will return to the Premier League at some point.

On Wednesday though he will firmly be on Italy’s side, despite annoying the Serie A establishment with more antics at the weekend.

Mourinho’s been given a three-match domestic ban for making a handcuffs gesture during Inter’s 0-0 draw with Sampdoria when the league leaders had two sent off.

New Milan coach Leonardo says he will be supporting old friend Ancelotti and Chelsea on Wednesday, not just because Inter are Milan’s big rivals.

Mourinho has burnt some bridges in Italy and defeat could prompt calls for him to head back to England sooner than he might have planned.

In contrast, the English media love him and desperately want him back. If a win hastened Mourinho’s second coming, a victorious Chelsea would be the “Toast of England” for more reasons than one.

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