Chelsea’s second Champions League Group A game kicks off later this evening against Bulgarian side Levski Sofia.
Jose Mourinho said he would be happy with a 1-0 win after Levski coach Stanimir Stoilov compared Chelsea’s win-at-all-costs style of play with Barcelona’s “more attractive football”.
“We don’t have a player like Barcelona has, someone to do a trick that’ll leave people open-mouthed,” Mourinho said. “But when he [Stoilov] says we are all about winning, I take that as a very good compliment … If someone wants to offer me 1-0, I’ll go back to London now.”
John Terry, who missed Saturday’s win over Fulham with back spasms, trained yesterday in the Vassil Levski stadium and is expected to play, even though he, like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba, is one booking away from missing the home game against Barcelona.
Khalid Boulahrouz should have recovered from an eye infection, while Michael Ballack, suspended for three domestic games, is also set to return in midfield.
Levski and Chelsea have met twice before. In the 2001-02 UEFA Cup, Chelsea eased through the first round with a 3-0 home win and a 2-0 triumph in Bulgaria.
Levski have never beaten an English side in six attempts.