…and reflects on previous clashes – and times when things were very different to the modern era. Fascinating reading. All in the Mail on Sunday.
“No bath either. Or gym, or canteen, or manager’s office,” he recalls about the club’s Harlington base in 1993 long before they moved to their current deluxe HQ at Cobham.
‘The players would bring in tea and biscuits for the morning and have a sandwich at a cafe around the corner after training. I did my business on a payphone in the staff room.
Tomorrow night, Chelsea meet United again in the FA Cup as Premier League leaders and looking to win the Double under Antonio Conte.
When they met in the 1994 FA Cup final at the end of Hoddle’s first season, Chelsea were appearing in their first final for 22 years and were light years behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, the dominant force in English football.
Not the case now. It’s catch-up time for Jose Mourinho.