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Chelsea Midfielder Michael Ballack Wary Of Jose Mourinho's Mind Games

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has warned his team-mates to ignore the mind games of former coach Jose Mourinho ahead of their Champions League clash in the round of 16.

Mourinho, now at Inter, will return to Stamford Bridge to face the Blues after the draw pitted the two side's against one another.

"Mourinho has said he does not need to study us, but were [Branislav] Ivanovic and [Nicolas] Anelka part of his old team? It's part of his game," he said, according to Datasport.

"But we are only focusing on ourselves. On our part, his psychological traps must be avoided.

"It's true, he has an advantage because he knows almost everything about the club, but the Inter players will be on the pitch, not him. It will be a great battle from beginning to end."

Mourinho had suggested the two matches against his former side will have no special significance for him, but the German captain thinks otherwise.

"For us it will be a special game, but also for the Portuguese coach," he concluded.

Adam Scime, Goal.com