The Portuguese coach was sacked by the Stamford Bridge outfit in December after a dire run of results, though his former charge still remains a huge fan of his old boss
Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League clash with Chelsea will not be the same without Jose Mourinho in the dug-out, and has backed the Portuguese to make a swift return to management.
The two sides have met in each of the last two seasons, with Mourinho in charge of the Blues on both occasions, but for their third meeting it will be Guus Hiddink who manages the side, having taken over in December.
Chelsea remain unbeaten under the Dutchman despite their dire form prior to his arrival, though Ibrahimovic – who worked under Mourinho at Inter – still believes the contest will lose something in the absence of the controversial coach.
“I think everybody will miss Mourinho in the game,” the Swedish striker told the Times of India prior to Tuesday’s first-leg clash at the Parc des Princes.
“But I believe he will be back soon in football, and if you are a little patient you will soon see him managing another club.
“Am I surprised with the sacking? I don’t know. Everything depends on the results and that is the worst part of football. When you don’t do well, you get punished, and it’s more with the coaches. We don’t get fired like the coaches do!