Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he nearly changed the Blues’ tactics against Manchester United on the eve of the match because of a case of mistaken identity, reports the Daily Star.
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On the day of the game the doorman on the Stamford Bridge outfit’s hotel had told the Portuguese had seen Marouane Fellaini turn up on the day of the match. If true, this would mean that the Belgian wasn’t going to play in the game. The doorman thought he was doing the 52-year-old a favour by letting him know.
However, it turned out that it was actually the 27-year-old’s brother Mansour, who looks exactly like him. Luckily for Chelsea, Mourinho worked this out pretty quickly.
He said: “It didn’t smell right.” So he took his phone to the doorman to ID the player, and realised what had happened.
“I told him, ‘F**k off, he’s the brother!'”
In the end the Blues beat the Red Devils 1-0 thanks to a goal from Fellaini’s Belgium teammate Eden Hazard. Having the ex-Everton man in the side didn’t seem to help the Old Trafford based side too much.