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Jose Mourinho’s first game as Chelsea was against Manchester United in 2004 and the Blues beat United 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s first game as Chelsea boss will also be against Manchester United and Mourinho has now revealed how Lampard should prepare his team for the game.
According to Mourinho, Lampard should treat the game like a cup final and shouldn’t just see the game as one game in a very long season.
Mourinho have never lost the opening game of the season in his career. Out of 15 games, he won 10 and drew 5.
“In my case, and this is maybe why I never lost a first match of the season, I have a huge record of victories and a couple of draws,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“I never think I go to the start of a marathon, I always think I go to the game!
“I don’t think this is the first game of 38 or 60 for the season, no. I go to the game! And in that moment even more because it was Chelsea vs Manchester United, it was a big game, my first game at home.
“It was the first time. Stamford Bridge. A few new players, [Ricardo] Carvalho, [Didier] Drogba, [Arjen] Robben, [Petr] Cech – a first game for many of us and we were there to win the game, and we won the game!
“In the season where Arsenal was the king, Arsenal was the champion – and what a champion – and unbeatable, but everybody knew that Chelsea wanted it and United wanted it and everybody knew that was the start of a phenomenal fighting season.”