Mourinho: I have no problem with Casillas – “I’ll salute him tomorrow

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will come face-to-face with Iker Casillas in their match against FC Porto at the Estadio do Dragao.

The Portuguese fell out with the former Real Madrid number one at their time at the Santiago Bernabeu, when Mourinho dropped Casillas to the bench, opting to use Diego Lopez as his number one.

The coach is renowned for having feuded with Casillas behind the scenes in his final season at Real Madrid, in which there were allegations that his captain was leaking team news to media ahead of games.

Despite their past differences, Mourinho says there is no problem between them, claiming that he will “salute” Iker Casillas in Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Chelsea and Porto.

Tomorrow’s game will make the goalkeeper to become the competition’s record appearance holder.

“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 ignited his managerial career at Porto just over a decade ago when he won the Uefa Cup followed by the Champions League and he praised Julen Lopetegui’s men – who reached the last eight of the Champions League last season – for their quality squad.

“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 added that everybody in his squad is fit and ready to play against Porto aside from injured goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 in their opening group stage game of the campaign and followed that up with a 2-0 win at Arsenal, but their early-season struggles continued on Saturday when they 2-2 with Newcastle United.