Mourinho: Chelsea owe hard-working culture to me

Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho says Chelsea owe him for bringing the culture of hard work and dedication to the club.

Mourinho faces his old club tonight in the Champions League.

"Then I look at my old players - men like John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. John and Frank perform week after week, year after year," said Mourinho.

"They look as if they are never tired of playing well. Did I make a little contribution towards that?"

Silly question. Of course, he did!

With his customary modesty, he went on: "They say yes and I think they are right.

"I thank them because they never forget my contribution.

"They are good players because, yes, they are good anyway and because they have worked very hard.

"When I speak with people at Chelsea they always say that the culture of working very hard every day has not changed.

"The players have kept their strong mentality. The years may be passing but they are like Port wine - the older the better."