Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Slavisa Jokanovic is full of respect for Chelsea and José Mourinho, but he’s also confident for tonight’s game, knowing the Blues are not in their best moment and that can be more focused on the Premier League, where they had a bad start:
“It’s always a good time to take on Chelsea,”said the ex Blues player:
“It makes no difference for us – it’s always a good time to play Chelsea, and I’m going to enjoy this opportunity to test myself, test my team and test the strength of Israeli football.
“Of course we must respect the competition, the opponents and the manager. They are one of the strongest clubs in Europe, but we must respect ourselves too.
“I can be surprised that Chelsea have taken only four points after five Premier League games, but that may give them extra concentration and extra motivation to fix their problems.
“I would prefer, if possible, that they were more worried about their game with Arsenal on Saturday than us, but I don’t believe I’m going to find that.”
Jokanovic last year managed Watford, that was promoted to Premier League with him, then moved to Israel:
“I do not have any regrets. I’m not looking behind me at the past, I can only focus on what is in front of me.
“I have great memories of my time at Watford and last season in England (Jokanovic presided over 71 goals in 35 games) but now I am interested only in the task in front of me and I’m very proud to be with Maccabi Tel Aviv, back in the Champions League after 11 years.
“Jose Mourinho is a great manager, one of the best in the world, and probably he drives a nicer car than mine, but I’m going to try and catch him in this game.”